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Flatjacks by Willie Rodriguez

Willie Rodriguez has got it goin' on! This disc is just a great and groovin' jazz disc. With loads of Latin flavor, this one is a winner! In company with Rodriguez is multi-instrumentalist Seldon Powell, who delivers no matter which horn he plays, Barry Galbraith, who definitely is a Wes Montgomery disciple, and George Duvivier, who has worked with the likes of Coleman Hawkins.

Although 75% of this disc is Latin-flavored, it delivers the salsa in many different fashions. First off, Rodriguez is a master of rhythms, whether it be new or old, he owns this rhythm. There are tinges of soul, funk, bebop, hard bop, and blues intertwined all throughout this disc.

Moliendo Cafe gets things started off nicely with a typical "cafe" type of groove. The tune is Latin with a touch of bohemian soul. An irresistible combination! Other major standout tracks (because there isn't a bad track) include Rodriguez and company's nod to jazz master Clark Terry, with his composition One Foot in the Gutter. After that is the jazz standard, It Happened in Monterey and the haunting ballad After Words by Ed Michel. Truly a great disc!

Last Note: If you are looking for a genuine jazz disc with lots of Latin flavor, check out this re-issue of the Willie Rodriguez Jazz Quartet - Flatjacks. If you also dig that era of jazz that focuses on Wes Montgomery, then you will dig this disc. So, go round up some friends for margaritas, coronas, tostitos, and salsa and put on some Willie Rodriguez and conga all night like there's no tomorrow. Hmm...Marc Anthony, Ricky Martin, Enrique Iglesias music or Willie Rodriguez? I'd go with Willie Rodriguez! (You'd better get this one before Cinco de Mayo)

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Willie Rodriguez
  • CD Title: Flatjacks
  • Genre: Latin Jazz / Latin Funk
  • Year Released: 2003
  • Reissue Original Release: 1963
  • Record Label: Milestone Records
  • Tracks: Moliendo Cafe, Serenata, Nanigo Soul, Mr. Yosso, Brasiliera, One Foot in the Gutter, It Happened in Monterey, Flatjacks (just a minor bass-a nova), Seafood Wally, After Words, Tasty, El Sueno de Frances.
  • Musicians: Willie Rodriguez (drums and Latin percussion), Seldon Powell (alto sax, tenor sax, clarinet, flute), Barry Galbraith (guitar), George Duvivier (bass).
  • Rating: Three Stars
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