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The Latin Side of Herbie Hancock

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The music of Herbie Hancock re-imagined as you've never heard it. Conrad Herwig and his Latin Side band "Latinize" one of our greatest composers in an album that boasts magical contributions from special guests Eddie Palmieri and Randy Brecker. Recorded live at the Blue Note, The Latin Side of Herbie Hancock is a rollicking event. Notable among the tracks are Hancock's most famous tunes - "Cantaloupe Island," "Maiden Voyage," "Watermelon Man" - all rendered with winning elan. A crowd-pleasing performance; the fourth release in Herwig's "The Latin Side..." series.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Oliloqui Valley
  2. One Finger Snap
  3. Butterfly
  4. The Sorcerer
  5. Actual Proof
  6. Maiden Voyage
  7. Cantaloupe Island
  8. Watermelon Man


Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 17, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Half Note Records
  • ASIN: B003TGW6PO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,141 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Latin rhythms and jazz go together like bacon and eggs, bikinis and the beach, flowers and sunshine. For over a decade, trombonist Conrad Herwig has promulgated the integration of latin rhythms with jazz music. Amidst a discography of some twenty leadership releases are "The Latin Side of John Coltrane", "Another Kind of Blue - The Latin Side of Miles Davis", "Sketches of Spain y Mas - The Latin Side of Miles Davis", "The Latin Side of Wayne Shorter" and a collaboration with trumpeter Brian Lynch, "Que Viva Coltrane". Now we have another legendary composer's music featured in Herwig's latest project "The Latin Side of Herbie Hancock", recorded live at New York City's Blue Note club in 2008.

Latin rhythms have been part of the jazz idiom for much of the music's history, that is largely due to the proximity of New Orleans to Havana, Cuba. Jelly Roll Morton called the influence the "latin tinge". These rhythms also became incorporated in the music of the big band era with the popularity of the mambo and rumba. But perhaps the significant development in the context of combo jazz was Dizzy Gillespie's collaboration with conguero Chano Pozo in 1947 that produced the compositions Cubano Be and Cubano Bop. The great jazz composer and arranger Tadd Dameron used these rhythms in some of his music and, later, Ellington wrote and performed the "Latin American Suite".

More latin influences have pleasantly intermingled with jazz - notably George Shearing's jazz combos and the music of vibist Cal Tjader. But latin and afro-cuban rhythms found their way into the hard-bop school as well, reflected in music by Horace Silver and Lee Morgan. Tjader was perhaps the major voice through his lifetime, with band member and conguero Pancho Sanchez carrying that torch forward in more recent times.
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OK........ I had my suspicions but having been a Herbie Hancock and Salsa fan since the 70's, I had to trust the process. I' glad I did. This album is great. It satisfied my jazz and Latin appetite without exception. I explored this concept and purchased the Latin Side of Wayne Shorter and the Latin Side of John Coltrane. Needless to say, my mind is blown by this musical concept. What a great marriage of styles. You know. Kinda like macaroni and cheese,,,,, pizza and beer, collard greens and hamhocks, etc.,,,,,,
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Great collection and accomplishment for all of the players, especially Conrad.

The tunes on this disk are most of Herbie's greatest from all of his many approaches: soul jazz, modal, chordal, funk.... So if the tunes don't sound great, it's not because of the music, if you get my point.

At the same time, Latin music has it's own rules that need to be addressed. This is essential for the authenticity that is a key part of Latin music.

All good on all counts. And Conrad Herwig is simply a brilliant trombonist. I must admit, trombone can be a hard instrument to like for me. But Conrad is just so good -- range, note choice, blowing effects.....instead of thinking, "uh oh, time for the trombone solo" I'm thinking, "Let Conrad take another chorus: he's just so wonderful to listen to."

Since buying this album, I have binged on other "Latin Side" works. So far, Latin Side Wayne Shorter and John Coltrane.

Can't get enough of that Latin Side stuff!
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This is a collaboration of two giants-Hancock, the legendary composer, and Herwig, the hottest trombonist on the jazz scene. Good work, to say the least
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Great, just not enough tracks
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