Thrilling Latin jazz Jose Rizo’s Mongorama – MARIPOSA CANTAN (Butterflies Sing): You won’t find any samples for this one yet, as it doesn’t release until 18 September, 2020, but I can tell you right now that it’s some of the most thrilling Latin jazz you’ll ever listen to… no videos/trailers from the current album (yet – hint! hint!), but here’s a rousing performance of the group from 2015…
…you’ll find several other videos/performances when you SUBSCRIBE to the Mongorama channel on YouTube… I subscribed right away.
Jose has assembled a stellar cast of players for the new album, too… Justo Almario (tenor sax, flute) Danilo Lozano (flute, musical director) Ramon Banda (timbales) Dayren Santamaria (violin) Joey De Leon (congas) James Zavaleta (lead vocals) Joe Rotondi (piano) Alfredo Ortiz (guiro, bongo, bell, chekere, vocals) George Ortiz (timbales) Ross Schodek (bass) GUEST VOCALISTS: Darynn Dean, Yoshigei Rizo, and Alexis De La Rocha all work together to make the listener’s life better on splendid and rousing tunes like “Helen Of Jazz”… this 4:01 gem will be getting lots of airplay, I expect!
The blend of percussion, piano & horns on the title track, “Mariposas Cantan” (Butterflies Sing) is certainly among the best Latin-based tunes I’ve heard (yet) in 2020… I just loved the vocal on this song, and you will, too.
You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more danceable version of Herbie Hancock’s “Watermelon Man” than the one on this album… it runs for 6:27, giving each of the players a shot at superb solos!
Of the dozen tunes offered up for our ears, I found the opener, “Mambo Mindoro”, to be my choice for personal favorite… be sure you listen to this with your headphones on, so you can catch all the subtle nuances… you’ll be spinning this one over & over again.
I give Mongorama a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) score of 4.98. Get more information on the Saungu Records site as it becomes available. Rotcod Zzaj
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