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Cinco De Mowo!

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On the fifth album of his career, appropriately titled Cinco De MOWO!, Mocean Worker, (pronounced Motion Worker) has concocted the quintessential feel-good summer album of 2007. The opening number, quite simply, says it best: "Shake Ya Boogie." In what has become the incomparable Mocean Worker sound, Dorn mixes and matches the best of modern beat-making with live musicians like trumpeters Herb Alpert ("Changes") and Steven Bernstein ("Shake Your Boogie"), bassist Marcus Miller ("Brown Liquor"), alto saxophonist Cochemea Gastelum ("Les & Eddie" and "Son of Sanford") and vocalists Morley ("I Got You") and Alana Da Fonseca ("Que Bom"). As on all Mocean Worker records, the legendary jazz icon Rahsaan Roland Kirk joins the party from the great beyond addind wicked flute ("Sis Boom Bah" & "Reykjavik"). Cinco De MOWO! is the follow up to Mocean Worker's 2005 release Enter The MOWO!, which went on to become his biggest album to date. It's where the true vision for the definitive Mocean Worker sound came into focus. While liberally embracing his jazz and funk influences, Mocean Worker crafted songs with undeniable hooks. On Cinco De MOWO!, that vision has evolved even further. More than just funky grooves, tunes like "Shake Ya Boogie," "Tickle It" and "Son of Sanford" find their way deep into the sub-conscious with melodies that reverberate long after the record has ended.

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On Cinco de Mowo!, which is, well, Mocean Worker's fifth album, Adam Dorn (a.k.a. Mocean Worker) continues where he left off on 2004's Enter the Mowo!, which saw him eschewing his earlier drum and bass approach for a laidback mélange of breakbeats and scratchy old jazz samples, complete with live musicians. Dorn's strength in sampling remains apparent, and he finds new context for more samples than you can imagine, from mid-rangy old swing horns to piano loops, or the tone-dripping flute leads of the late Rahsaan Roland Kirk (credited as a guest musician despite his passing). Other collaborators remain with us. Herb Alpert contributes trumpet to the airy "Changes." Marcus Miller lays down a staccato bassline on the strutting "Brown Liquor," helping Dorn find the missing link between fat breakbeat and '30s big band swing. Alana Da Fonseca contributes a breathy vocal to "Que Bom," which is not too far removed from some of Alpert's South-American tangents. Steven Bernstein lays down live trumpet on the opening "Shake Ya Boogie," which is the single, and appropriately so. It's a tasty mix of swing samples over some time-proven breaks, and sets the stage for the rest of the album. Cinco de Mowo! has low points, moments where it doesn't stray too far from stock '90s electronica like that of the Future Sound of Jazz compilations. But as a whole, the beats are fairly inventive and the samples are creatively applied. It's not like Dorn is out to change the world, anyway. A disturbing number of reviews mention backyard summer barbeques, a revealing evocation--it's clear he's out to make good-time, danceable, jazz-influenced tunes. If they act as a jazz gateway drug, all the better. --Jason Pace

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 26, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mowo!,Inc
  • ASIN: B000QEILQK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #210,143 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T. Christian on September 2, 2007
Format: Audio CD
What a solid album! I so rarely like a disc from beginning to end. This is one of the exceptions. Fun, hip, swingin'. Buy it!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Music Lovin Fool on July 1, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Wow, Im blown away by how hip this album is. Herb Alpert is onboard? Yeah , its crazy hip then. The album much like the last Mocean Worker album (Enter The Mowo!) really is a complete thought top to bottom. Its a party on a disc. You can rock this at any party I bet and then actually play it while you're running the vacuum afterwards and the good times will roll on and on. Key moments on the record include "Shake Ya Boogie" which features Steve Bernstein playing some amazing trumpet. "Tickle It" just a really catchy melody with a funky funky groove. "Que Bom" which features a singer I dont know named Alana Da Fonseca and is so sexy and sung in Portuguese. "Changes" which features Herb Alpert and is one of my favorite tunes on the whole album. You cannot go wrong with this album. This guy "mowo!" or whatever his name is just keeps bringing the goods. This is some of the best music nobody seems to be talking about. I wonder if he is in the witness protection agency or something? Anybody making music like this would be a huge star behind this kind of work! Haha,get this album. This is some killer stuff, probably my summer soundtrack and maybe even the soundtrack for the rest of my year!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Horne on May 9, 2008
Format: Audio CD
This is my favorite Mowo album to date. The songs are more sophisticated in structure yet even more listenable. Works as a primary listening experience, in the car or plane, or, best of all, while you are working. Really keeps you in the zone. Try it.
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By Ronald Mominee on September 13, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Shame on me for getting introduced to Mocean Worker so far into his career...but with Cinco de MoWo, wow, what an introduction! It's been a long time since I've heard a modern take on the remixxing and mash-upping old school ragtime and big band within modern dance that doesn't sound hackneyed. This take on this subgenre sounds natural, it flows well, decidedly so from song to song too (tho I admit some of the songs are a little short, or end a tad abruptly) but on the whole an incredibly re-peat listen friendly album. It doesn't hurt that he came up around this music through his Dad, or that he showcases legendary musicians with fresh tracks insead of just sampling every last bit... Way to go Adam Dorn!!! Now to dive into your back catalog...
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Mocean Worker's last two albums are straight up fun- the kind of breezy long players that can equally brighten up a late night party or a session of dishwashing. Album number four, Enter the Mowo broke free of DJ Adam Dorn's drum n bass past and signified the arrival of an original sounding marriage of old timey jazz and funk. Consider Cinco De Mowo to be it's fully realized maturation. Yes, samples still play an important part in the album's construction but the DJ is now trully a musician.

"Shake Your Boogie" will not leave your head once it gets in there.
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By James F. Housel on March 7, 2013
Format: MP3 Music Verified Purchase
fascinating blend of music styles but strangely absent a solo instrument. More like club dance music than living room appreciation.
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By D. Colvin on September 21, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Picked this up in a used at Vintage Stock. This is as much fun as you can spin in a player. Funky, rhythmic, move your feet and make you smile. Retro big band meets high tech. As an old trumpet player and musician wanna-be, I am definitely envious.
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By R. R. Escobar on October 21, 2008
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Cinco De Mowo! is a fun, danceable look at jazz and techno aesthetics and joyfully plays with both in an enjoyable album that demands that you enjoy every beat.Enjoy, enjoy!
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