Roy McGrath exciting Afro-Caribbean jazz Roy McGrath – REMEMBRANZAS: Roy’s superb saxophone work leads this exciting Afro-Caribbean jazz ensemble; he’s joined by very capable players… Bill Cessna-piano, Joseph Kitt Lyles-bass, Jonathon Wenzel-drums, Barril de Bomba-Buleador-Ivelisse Diaz, Victor “Junito” Gonzalez-Congas… and they reach right out and touch you with the memories they speak about in these Latin-based jazz compositions from Roy, who was born in Puerto Rico – though he has lived in the U.S. since 2007)… just listen to the high-energy and fully-toned reeds Roy plays for you on “Plena Julia” in the video below (audio samples will be available later – the album doesn’t officially release until November 7, 2017)… truly one of the most lively and emotional sax-led tunes I’ve heard (yet) in 2017… the percussion is wonderful on this one, too… a truly beautiful expression of memories that touched Roy, and will call up memories of your own life as well!
Since I’m always up for great jazz that features spoken-word, I was immediately drawn to the strong opener, “Cancion De La Verdad Sencilla” (based on a book of poetry by Puerto Rican poet Julia de Burgos)… again, I’m using the video, until the audio samples are available… including both Spanish and English on the spoken-word portions (Rossana Rodriguez and Claritza Maldonado) was a stroke of genius…
There’s no doubt in my mind that you will just HAVE to have this fantastic CD in your collection, especially after you listen to my personal favorite piece of the eight long songs offered up for your jazz enjoyment… “Ky Ky” will have you up & dancing ’round the room after the first four bars… over an hour’s worth of super-solid jazz work; this FINE album gets a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED from me, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.99. Get more information on Roy on his ABOUT page at the Roy McGrath website. Rotcod Zzaj
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