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Latin Journey

by Unlv Latin Jazz Ensemble

Latin Jazz with World elements featuring all original arrangements combining Afro-Rican, Afro-Cuban, Braslian, Indian, Rumba and Salsa
Genre: Jazz: Latin Jazz
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1. Softly (As in a Morning Sunrise)
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2. Paulistana
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3. Africa
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4. Where
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5. Caribbean Firedance
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6. La Comparsa
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7. Attack of the Penguins
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8. Bangalore Breakdown
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
When I started directing the Latin Jazz Ensemble following an invitation of Jazz studies Director Dave Loeb in the Fall of 2010, I did not imagine what a remarkable time and a tremendous development of the group and myself would lay ahead.
In the beginning I played piano and wrote or supplied all the charts mostly covering the basics of the Latin and Latin Jazz repertoire. Soon many of the students started writing their own arrangements. We would workshop them and started to create our own music and sound, which I believe is the key to our success.
Some of our great arrangers are: Daniel Alameda, Julian Tanaka, Carlos Mata-Alvarez, Jorge Machain and Austin Pooley.
In the last three years we received three invitations to the Monterey Young Generation Festival garnering 2nd,3rd & 4th places, two outstanding performance awards from Downbeat and won the undergraduate Latin category in Downbeat outright this year. What an honor to be working with these great new talents.
I sincerely look forward to your enjoyment of our first full length CD which I would like to dedicate to one of the greats of Latin Jazz: bassist Eddie “Gua Gua” Rivera, who sadly passed away last year. He taught me how to "really" play and fell a Montuno while we worked together in Giovanni Hidalgo's band.

1, Softly (as in a morning sunrise)*
This great standard is reinvented using one of the main rhythms of Puerto-Rico, the Plena. The vamps are based on William Cepeda’s “Next Plena” and a big thank you goes to Pepe Jimenez for his passion, expertise and a great master class about Plena. And then Jorge Machain put it all together in this wonderful arrangement.

2, Paulistana (Elian Elias)
Eliane Elias’s beautiful cross between a Brazilian Samba and a Cuban Son. Arranged by Sean Carbone it features the horn section and our pianist Halsey gets to lay out, dance and be a percussionist.

3, Africa (David Paich/Jeff Porcaro))
The iconic Toto tune receives a clave update by Austin Pooley. It’s a Salsa arrangement featuring Timba, the modern Cuban style Salsa which originated in the mid 90’s in Havana.

4, Where* (Uli Geissendoerfer/Beat Kaestli)
I wrote this modal tune originally as an instrumental. Beat Kaestli, the great Swiss Jazz vocalist wrote very cool lyrics and Jorge Machain adapted it for our ensemble.

5, Caribbean Firedance (Joe Henderson)
Julian Tanaka wrote this kickin’ arrangement of the Joe Henderson standard. It’s a fun romp through all kinds of elements with a surprise at every turn. It will put a guaranteed smile on your face.

6, La Comparsa (Ernesto Lecuona)
The Cuban Danzon is the link from the music of European drawing rooms of the 19th century to the beginning of purely Cuban music in form of the Charanga. The enigmatic bass line of the original is still key in this beautiful arrangement by Halsey Harkins.

7, Attack of the Penguins (Halsey Harkins)
This original by Halsey Harkins start with a pensive melody which builds and builds eventually giving way to a 12/8 Spanish Rumba section.

8, Bangalore Breakdown* (Premik Russell Tubbs/Uli Geissendoerfer)
The theme song of Premik's and my New York band by the same name. It uses an Indian Raga often called the Spanish or Jewish scale or simply Melakarta #18. In our arrangement it’s a “new style”, the Indian Rumba.

*denotes Downbeat winning selections

Players
Trumpet Jorge Machain (1,4,5,6,8) Hazen Mayo (2,3,7)
Trombone Nick Veslany (1,4,5,6,8) Jason Vasquez (2,3,7)
Alto & Soprano Saxophone Jacob Yansen
Tenor Saxophone Carlos Mata-Alvarez (1,4,5,6,8) Keaton Martin (2,3,7)
Guitar Sean Carbone
Piano Halsey Harkins
Bass RJ Reyes (1,4,5,6,8) Carlos Holguin (2,3,7)
Drums Austin Pooley (1,2,3,6,8) Gyasi Greer (4,5,7)
Percussion Gyasi Greer (1,2,3,6,8) Austin Pooley (4,5,7)

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