4 July 2009

JULIO GUTIERREZ - PROGRESSIVE LATIN


















Julio Gutierrez for Gema from 1960.
The title says it all for this groundbreaking heavyweight descarga session...Highly recommended.
Has anyone out there got a copy of Gutierrez's "Havana BC" they want to sell me?If so leave me a message in the comments.

Progressive Latin should be considered a classic of Latin jazz if it isn't already. "Cosa Buena" cooks, and "Closing Time" is a slower bossa nova with flute and horns that captures the mood of a good night out at its end. "Yambambe," an Afro rhythm behind mostly piano, sounds more sophisticated than its simple construction. "El Altiplano" is supposed to be an Incan melody with Afro elements. In any case, vocal interjections pave the way for a longer descarga where a variety of intriguing elements (horns, flute piano, even organ) work together in their own weird ways and combinations. The "Route 66" theme arrangement is a coup; the sax and flute are recorded gorgeously, and the piano and conga pace it ideally, with brief drum solo breaks. "Sad City" is a haunting flute piece, while "Guantanamera" has an interesting change but there is only so much one can expect from this tune. "Malaguena" is another long descarga that gets a little wild. Progressive Latin is something of a masterpiece from the great arranger Julio Gutierrez. Tony Wilds

What impressed me most about this album is Julio's use of space and the length of the tunes, considering that in the era when it was recorded, 2 1/2 minute tunes were standard. Great musicians like El Negro Vivar (trumpet) and Chombo Silva (sax) were able to beautifully stretch out over an almost post-bop/Afro-Cuban jazz setting. There is some serious blowing on this disc. This is another essential Latin jazz gem from the late 50s/early 60s.
Jose Rizo

25 comments:

bacoso said...

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batequeixo said...

You are a master!

pollux said...

thanks, really a beautiful album :)

mellow said...

Enjoyable stuff with some great masters of Cuban music. May they rest in peace.

the jazzman said...

Thank you.

fritz the cat said...

thanks

Greg said...

Many, many thanks!

Carlos said...

Thank you!

N.D. said...

Muchas gracias...

AmBrOsE said...

Thanx alot bacoso :-)

Simon666 said...

Fantastic album, thanks bacoso :)

mick55 said...

Really great album.
I haven't stopped
listening to it since
I downloaded it.
Thank you very much for
broadening my musical
horizons.

jean lafite said...

this one is a monster alright bacoso. i have chased it and lost many times on ebay. nice post.

house303 said...

Thank you!

sulingman said...

Such a great album, thanks so much. Such a huge genre, and I'm so picky, hard to find something perfect like this.

swamielmo said...

looking forward to hearing this. been listening to salsa since the 60's when i lived in NYC and could go uptown and browse the latin record shop and ask "what's new" thanks bacoso

Tomaso Alba said...

Magnificent!!!! Thanks a lot for the link. I really enjoyed it.

Due the name of your site, the proxy at my office blocks the page, so I have to bookmark the links at home during the night and the following day I download all the great music, it makes gives me a soundtrack during the day.

Cheers!!!

fernando

claudio said...

man!! where do you get all this stuff??!!

thanks a lot

Harold_Z said...

MAN! This is GOOOOD !! I wasn't aware of it before but this is the stuff!

soulville said...

I can't get the dwnload to work :o(

supets blog.

soulville

soulville said...

LOL superb blog!

Love the manteca!

Any chance of an update on the older links that no longer work?

Love this blog, learning so much.

Alan Arbelaez said...

it stopped working, the link! nooo, please can you reupload or someone else? plz?!

anomia said...

this works:

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Karl K said...

Great album! Many thanks for sharing it with your blog readers!

Karl K.
McKinney, Texas

santigol409 said...

muy buen blog el link de julio gutierrez esta muerto.se puede reparar?? gracias