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Jerry Gonzalez Y El Comando De La Clave

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New York City has been a cultural melting pot since the beginning. With the close proximity of so many immigrants and their unique customs, new cultural fusions are inevitable. Such a fusion was responsible for the creation and success of Afro-Cuban and Latin jazz. These genres have become worldwide phenomena, as there aren t many communities that haven t been bitten by a Latin craze.

New York City born, Bronx raised, trumpeter, conguero Jerry Gonzalez has been in the trenches for over forty years as a proponent of Afro-Cuban jazz music, lending his talents to legends and progressives alike. Since the 1970s, Gonzalez has performed in ensembles led by Dizzy Gillespie, Eddie Palmieri, Manny Oquendo, Tito Puente, McCoy Tyner, and Jaco Pastorius. His work with his own group The Fort Apache Band, and as co-leader of Grupo Folklórico y Experimental Nuevayorkino with his brother Andy Gonzalez, has made him a legend in his own right.

In 2000, Gonzalez performed in Madrid, Spain in support of the documentary film by Fernando Trueba, Callé 54. Gonzalez fell in love with Madrid, promptly picked up and moved there. One of the first musicians that he fell in with was Argentine pianist Federico Lechner, who led him to Café Berlin, a late-night spot where Latin musicians gathered. From his new home base at Café Berlin, Gonzalez then began to immerse himself in the local music scene, experimenting with flamenco and reaching out to other Afro-Cuban practitioners.

It took some time for Gonzalez to form a working band in Madrid. He finally gravitated toward a couple of Cuban musicians, pianist Javier Massó Caramelo and bassist Alain Pérez, whom he began collaborating with. Drummer Enrique Kiki Ferrer joined the ensemble, which turned into El Comando de la Clave. The ensemble came together with the direction of Gonzalez and under the inspiration of his musical ideal, Los Muñequitos de Matanzas , the legendary Cuban rumba ensemble.

The culmination of his work with his Madrid based ensemble was the recording of Jerry Gonzalez y El Comando de la Clave (Sunnyside, 2011). The seasoned ensemble recorded an impressive program of modern jazz standards fused with the clave rhythms of Cuban rumba in a day and a half. Gonzalez also invited a special guest, flamenco vocalist Diego El Cigala with whom Gonzalez recorded Los Piratas del Flamenco (Sunnyside, 2004), to add a track that also acts as the ensemble s motto, Avísale a mi contrario que aquí estoy yo, or Warn my opponent that I m here. The battle cry of a very invested and loyal band.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 30, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sunnyside Records
  • ASIN: B0057XD84U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,474 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Master conguero and trumpeter Jerry Gonzalez has reinvented himself in Madrid. Fort Apache no more, instead a band that's Spanish and Cuban, with only Jerry on trumpet, no tenor.the music is clave driven yet fresh and rhythmically inventive. Even the standards on here feel vibrant and compelling. His last trip to the states had Jerry looking and sounding as if he was not in the best of health. This is a return to form, an invigorated young band and the start of a new chapter by an old master. Venceremos!
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Que sabor! What an energetic, tight band with Jerry Gonzalez, for sure one of the best latin jazz releases this year.
Not only Jerry Gonzalez plays magnificently on trumpet - this band is something else, with great improvisations especially from bass and piano. Mind blowing.
From high powered songs like "Resolution" or "Obsesion" (to which you just want to stand up and dance!), to beautiful slow tempo standard "Tenderly", an all-around outstanding recording.
And to finish off, "Avisale a mi contrario" with Diego el Cigala "pregonando"...one of a kind.

Just listen to it: you will be hooked to Jerry Gonzalez y el Comando de la Clave.
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La interpretación musical del cuarteto es excelente.La mezcla de sonidos y ritmos, hace que éste disco compacto se pueda disfrutar a plenitud.La acción de incluir a Diego El Cigala ha resultado muy acertada y magistral. Bravo Jerry.
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Jerry is Back at his best! Many Thanks to Elegua and Chango! :)
Rumbero Mayor Jerry Gonzalez is back to the finest Latin Jazz, finest Rumbajazz fusion.
All Fort Apache Band's early Fans, will love this accomplished Rumba/Jazz CD of Jerry Gonzalez, with very talented Cuban musicians from Madrid. I particulary vibe for the great arengements of the Coltrane theme Resolution, , those few beautifull unforgotten Jerry's trumpet notes lauching this love rocket in Space with the fantastic bass groove and solo of Alain Perez!
If you discover Jerry Gonzalez with this CD and like its great Spirit,lets just buy those few more:
"Ya yo me Cure", "Rumba para Monk", "Earthdance", "Moliendo Cafe", "Pensativo", "crossroads", "Rumba Buhaina"...
Because those will stay close to me until I die. "Earthdance" is the one elected to go with me in my grave. Smile
Thank you so much Jerry for this good vibration, and all your Legacy in Latin Jazz since "Salsa meets Jazz" times.
We love you Jerry.
Aché

Philippe Sergues
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