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Tell Me More About Spain

by Wild Rice

Original Latin jazz and some funk with soulful memorable melodies and catchy Latin dance rhythms. Includes Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, salsa, and samba. Also includes a unique Latin arrangement of "Sex and the City".
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1. The Sum of Two Assumptions
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2. Macanao
5:14 $0.99
3. Lovers on the Beach
5:44 $0.99
4. Split Banana
5:31 $0.99
5. Sex and the City/Tell It All
4:55 $0.99
6. Alonso’s Freedom
4:38 $0.99
7. Fading Daylight
6:17 $0.99
8. A Day at the Festival
5:23 $0.99
9. Nine at Little Five
4:32 $0.99
10. Tomahawk
4:34 $0.99
11. Living Easy
4:45 $0.99
12. The Purple Pigeon
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13. At the Table
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14. Tell Me More About Spain
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Album Notes
Spontaneity and fine musicianship paired with no-holds-barred passion and fiery rhythms comprise the key elements that make popular Atlanta Latin Jazz band Wild Rice one of the most exciting bands on the scene. Wild Rice truly redefines jazz with addictive beats inspired by the music of Brazil, Venezuela, Cuba, and Puerto Rico, among other tropical countries. Perhaps the best description of the band’s music comes from the group’s founder Daniel Padrón who aptly characterizes the music as “a celebration of life.”

Now in its 15th year, Wild Rice is one of the longest-running bands in Atlanta. The group is comprised of six respected and sought-after professional Atlanta-area musicians–Daniel Padrón (band leader/founder, piano), Paul Poovey (trumpet), Jason Matthias (saxophone), John Hancotte (bass), Reece Harris (drums), Gaurav Malhotra (percussion). When first formed, Wild Rice was a jazz quartet featuring a female vocalist but over the years the group has morphed with the times and is now primarily an instrumental band that welcomes vocalists on certain arrangements. The unique and uncommon band name \"Wild Rice\" comes from one of Daniel Padrón’s original compositions of the same name. This upbeat yet melodious piece is about a lively and passionate multi-cultural wedding ceremony and melds many different music styles together including African and Latin. The name seemed fitting for the band as well since its music brings all cultures together.

One of the elements that set Wild Rice apart for the crowd is that most of the compositions are original pieces created by the band’s creative force Daniel Padrón. Having been born in Caracas, Venezuela but raised in the States Daniel\'s musical perspective is unique and knows little boundaries. Daniel says, \"Each tune is a journey where you start at home, go in different directions and different places but always have a sense of return, a sense of everything coming back together.\" The music has been described as \"distinctive\" and \"spirited\" with \"blistering grooves that stir the imagination.\" One thing is for certain: Wild Rice\'s dynamic rhythms stimulate the senses and quite simply force you to get up and move your body to the contagious tempos.

A long-time fan favorite at festivals, local gathering places, wedding receptions, private parties and corporate events, Wild Rice also performs live at some of Atlanta’s most well-known events such as wildly-popular Inman Park Festival and others. More performance information can be found on the band’s website www.wildrice.net.

In June 2008 Wild Rice finally released its first-ever recording - \"Tell Me More About Spain.\" This highly-anticipated debut album features 14 peppery Latin-flavored tracks; all but one of the songs are original compositions by Daniel Padrón. The buzz about the album is overwhelmingly positive and rave reviews are sure to follow.

Most are hard-pressed to categorize the Wild Rice sound but all agree that the catchy melodies and solid, infectious Latin tempos inspire people to move, dance and enjoy life.



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Geoff Berlin

Groovin' Spanish Stories
Wild Rice takes us on a journey across the Atlantic via their Latin tinged tone poems. The song titles suggest a concept album outlining the old classic story of boy meets girl, they hook up, break up, make up, before you know it they are planning to honeymoon in Spain. Well, if that's not their intentions, these marvelous jazz musicians tell some great stories through their melodic and harmonic twists and turns. It's a refreshing approach they employ when compared to all of the "young lions" out there trying to save jazz by recycling countless bebop cliches. This is fun, upbeat salsa and samba that gives you more detail with each listen. I love the original tunes, but the cover of the "Sex and the City" theme paired with Pat Metheny's "Tell It All" is sheer brilliance. "Macanao" is funky and quirky, like vintage Stelly Dan. I tell you, you'll have the "A Day at the Festival" playing in your head all day after you hear it just once! Bravo to these fine players from Atlanta - who knew there was so much culture tucked away in that vast metropolis!


I love the album. It has a good variety of originals and covers, and it just keeps moving. Daniel Padron's compositions are exceptional--always have been--and the band is great. Great solos by fine musicians.