22 November 2008

CONRAD HERWIG - THE LATIN SIDE OF JOHN COLTRANE

















Conrad Herwig for Astor Place from 1996.
Keeping it latin but coming from a different angle.
Features the mighty Eddie Palmieri on three cuts.Check out neverenoughrhodes for a terrific overview of Eddie's recording career.

Here's a great write up from the wonderful Doug Payne-check his excellent soundinsites here
A great idea beautifully executed by New York trombonist Conrad Herwig. The trombonist/arranger/musical director chooses Coltrane's most accessible material from a period that arguably spawned his best, most memorable work (1958-1964), devised simple, exploratory frameworks for each (recalling veteran Chico O'Farrill), then assembled an outstanding collection of musicians. In addition to Herwig's sinewy trombone, there's Brian Lynch on trumpet, Dave Valentin on flutes, Ronnie Cuber on baritone, Richie Beirach (who contributed to some of the arrangements), Danilo Perez and Eddie Palmeri on piano, Andy Gonzalez (from the Fort Apache Band) on bass and Milton Cardona on vocals and percussion. Selections are outstanding: "A Love Supreme," "Blue Train," (where Lynch trades fours with Herwig), "Afro Blue" (great flute solo by Valentine), "Naima" (beautifully featuring Beirach), "After The Rain," "Impressions" and "India."
Throughout, Herwig solos flawlessly, with a sensitivity and fire that's reminiscent of the source of his tribute. Herwig's record, more than Joe Henderson's recent big-band event, sounds like a natural conclusion. The arrangements and performances work well together and the Latin environment seems a logical foundation for Coltrane's passions. One last note: Astor Place has done a beautiful job packaging The Latin Side of John Coltrane , sparing no expense for trendy art direction that recalls some of the very expensive covers Limelight Records put out in the mid 60s. Recommended.

20 comments:

bacoso said...

http://rapidshare.com/files/166250202/Conrad_Herwig.rar

Simon666 said...

me first me first ...
sounds great from the descrip .. dowwwwwwnloading

bacoso said...

blimey that was quick - and you are first!!!!

Simon666 said...

i know, i got here between you posting and adding the link, had to refresh a few times :)

Simon666 said...

Wow. Without trying to sound reductionist, this is like everything I love about your site on one album :) Love it - what a version of 'Afro Blue'!! big thanks bacoso

Greg said...

me 483rd prob?

cheers bacoso

ish said...

Yoruba chanting is a great marriage with Coltrane's music, isn't it? Have this already but wanted to chime in and say great album.

Jazzjet said...

Thanks Bacoso for another great post. There are some blogs I visit for albums I know but can't get hold of but I visit your blog to discover music I don't know. Great stuff!

irolabuji said...

Just saw this guy with Randy Brecker and Eddie Palmieri in August at the Blue Note in NYC - except they were doing the latin side of Herbie Hancock now, it was awesome!
Thanks a ton

taro nombei said...

all these comments, just got take a peek at this one.
thanks in advance, bacoso. always top stuff here. much respect and much appreciated.
TN

Andy said...

looks good,thanks

Roumia said...

Simon was first and I'm probably the last but... nevertheless absolutely breathless.. Thanks B

moremiles said...

Sounds intriguing, thanks for sharing this.

Neanderjazz said...

Gracias por esta maravillosa musica www.neanderjazz.blogspot.com

Andy said...

not only looks good,sounds great!Big thanks Bacoso

Simon666 said...

Just wanted to point to a live broadcast of some of these tracks :

http://dark-blue-notes.blogspot.com/2009/05/conrad-herwigs-latin-side-of-john.html

German S said...

Thanks for share. Muchas gracias!

El Manicero said...

Muchisimas Graciasssss!!

budo said...

Smokin'...it's always a kick to read an impression from someone new to the date. Those of us lucky enough to have picked up on it when released can only say "thanks,Bacoso",for continuing to spread the gospel to new ears. Peace!

Tom said...

Many thanks for the good work. Could you please re-upload this one! Thanks!