Monday, September 26, 2011
Jose Rizo's Mongorama: Charanga Jazz With Plenty of Kick
Jose Rizo and a group of hip West Coast Latin jazz adepts pay tribute to congalero and musical icon Mongo Santamaria on Mongorama (Saungu SR003). They are joined by guests Hubert Laws on flute and Mongo's protege, Poncho Sanchez on conga. All contribute some nice solos, as does Oscar Hernandez on piano, Justo Almario on tenor sax and Dayren Santamaria on violin. Almario stands out in particular.
Musical director and flautist Danilo Lozano puts together an attractive program of originals and music associated with Mongo's great bands and their sound. The arrangements are hot and eminently musical.
It's the sort of disc that will make you want to dance and listen at the same time. Beautiful. Very recommended.