1 November 2008
THE AFRO LATIN SOULTET - WILD!
The Afro Latin Soultet featuring Phil Moore for Tower from 196?
A frenetic latin banger with the emphasis on heavy percussion.Check "The Sheik" for a latin-modal romp through a thinly disguised "Impressions".
Wild it´s called and wild they are! And so was everyone in San Juan where they made these recordings. Mardi Gras was swinging and everyone was swaying with the mood. But that spirit is with PHIL MOORE, III and the five other members of THE AFRO-LATIN SOULTET whenever and wherever they play. And there are MOISES OBLIGACION, conga drummer and ex-member of The Afro Blues Quintet; CHAUNCY LOCKE, trumpeter who stretches back to days with the famed Charlie Parker; VANCE MATLOCK, bass player formerly with Aretha Franklin; LEROY BROOKS, drummer of Curtis Amy fame; and JACK FULKS, the alto sax and flute man who played with Chico Hamilton and the Afro Blues Quintet and who co-composed three of the tunes in this album. Leader PHIL MOORE is, of course, the pianist. He led his own Latino group when in high school, but it was a long time later, after he had attended the San Francisco Conservatory Of Music and the Burklee School Of Music in Boston, that he visited Puerto Rico and renewed his old acquaintance with Latin music. He decided there to incorporate its feelings and rhythms with elements of soulful jazz, and so formed THE AFRO-LATIN SOULTET.
Dusty Groove have a copy for $45:
Madly romping Latin from this obscure group led by pianist Phil Moore III a combo who effortlessly groove through a blend of boogaloo, Latin jazz, and plenty of percussion-heavy exotica -- all in a style that's very much their own! There's a loose and free feel here that's far different than most of the other pop Latin combos of the time a style that's even quite different from the New York scene of the time, and which rings out more with tones from the hipper groups of the LA soul jazz underground of the mid 60s -- such as the Harold Johnson Sextet.