Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Jerry Gonzalez • Ya Yo Me Cure

 A monumental masterpiece of New York Latin Jazz by Jerry Gonzalez. I think this was American Clave's first release, I remember reading a Kip Hanrahan interview that he had some ambitious ideas which were not to Jerry's liking, prompting Jerry to comment maybe you should record your own album (Coup de tete).

The debut recording as a leader by Jerry Gonzalez, Ya Yo Me Cure features an early version of the trumpeter/Latin percussionist's Fort Apache Band (although it had not been named at this point). The advanced Latin jazz set (which has been reissued on CD) features such notable sidemen as trombonist Steve Turre, Mario Rivera on tenor, pianist Hilton Ruiz, singer Frankie Rodriguez and several percussionists. In addition to three originals by Rodriguez, the hot ensemble Latinizes such unlikely tunes as "Caravan," Wayne Shorter's "Nefertiti," Thelonious Monk's "Evidence" and "The Lucy Theme." Frequently exciting music.

1. Aguaybana Zemi
2. Nefertitti
3. Ya Yo Me Cure
4. The Lucy Theme
5. Evidence
6. Baba Fieden Orisha
7. Caravan

Jerry Gonzalez • Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Coro
Frankie Rodriguez • Lead Vocals, Quinto, Bata, Chekere
Milton Cardona • Vocals
Steve Turre • Trombone, Conch Shell, Percussion
Papo Vázquez • Trombone, Coro
Mario Rivera • Tenor Saxophone, Coro
Edgardo Miranda • Electric Guitar
Hilton Ruiz • Piano
Andy Gonzalez • Bass, Coro
Gene Golden • Bata, Bata, Chekere
Carlos Mestre • Coro, Tumbadora, Chekere
Vicente George • Guiro, Percussion
Nicky Marrero • Timbales, Chekere, Guataca
Don Alias • Drums

recorded July / August 1979

Produced by Kip Hanrahan and Jerry Gonzalez

Label: American Clavé – AMCL 1001
Format: 320
Country: US
Released: 1980
Genre: Jazz
Style: Latin Jazz

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