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The Traveler by Salsamba

The Traveler is the 4th release from the Pittsburgh based group headed by Guitarist Eric Susoeff. It includes covers of the little known Coltrane composition " 26-2", Ray Bryant’s "Cubano Chant", Monk’s "Ba - Lu Boliviar Ba-lues Are" and "Epistrophy", Cal Tjader’s "Curacao" and an especially sweet rendition of Ellington’s " African Flower". Eric Susoeff did all the arranging as well as contributing 5 skillful and polished originals. There is one vocal contribution by husky voiced Brazilian artist "Kenia". This is a group that has been working on their sound for a while and is comfortable and relaxed with each other. George Jones offers supple and resonant work on the congas. Drummer John Rampolla has big ears and is always anticipating and accenting the solos with effortless ease. Paul Thompson completes the rhythm section with seamless bass support. Eric Defade performs on Soprano/ Tenor Saxophone and Flute with grace and energy. Then of course there is Guitarist Sosoeff who is an accomplished soloist and guides the group through Samba, Bossa Nova, Mambo and more with experienced flair. This is satisfying and ear pleasing music, a completely enjoyable experience. It sounds like some sunny tropical afternoon, conjured in the heart of Pittsburgh. Once again the magic of Latin Jazz creates its own world straight from the heart of those caught by its spell. The members of Salsamba have given us their own personal take on the world of Latin rhythms and genres, well worth a listen.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Salsamba
  • CD Title: The Traveler
  • Genre: Latin Jazz / Latin Funk
  • Year Released: 2003
  • Record Label: Clave Records
  • Rating: Five Stars
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