Monday, October 13, 2014

Ritmos Unidos

From Ritmos Unidos (Patois 017) today comes a fine set of music in the Latin jazz/salsa/Caribbean mode. It is their second album, self-titled, and it is a good one. The Caribbean element is forwarded by some excellent steel pan playing from Joe Galvin, seconded by guest Liam Teague. The band otherwise is a crack outfit of Latin musicians, with brass punch and rhythmic power, soloist who can work a little magic, strong vocals and a wide repertoire that partakes of many elements of the African diaspora and makes it all new.

Unexpected perhaps is a version of Wes Montgomery's "Road Song" but it works. Wayne Shorter's "Water Babies" comes through too. The three part "Ochun Suite" has traditional rootedness combined with ambitious charting, but it all works together in very nice ways.

Another score from Patois!

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