Fans of this fine group anxiously awaited the release of Volume 4
of the Los Hombres Calientes
series. Titled Vodou Dance
the album features traditional music and original compositions. The Grammy Award nominees, Bill Summers and Irvin Mayfield draw upon Afro-based rhythms as heard in Haiti, Cuba and Trinidad.
The New Orleans musicians traveled to studios in Port of Spain, Port au Prince and Matanzas. Other tracks were recorded in Jamaica and their native New Orleans. Each stop along the way found the duo performing and interacting with local musicians and discovering previously undocumented material. Percussionist, Bill Summers, is known for his work on the TV series Roots
and the film The Color Purple
. Summers is an ethnomusicologist and has traveled widely for more than thirty years.
Irvin Mayfield is one of the hottest acts on the Crescent City jazz scene. His recent release, Half Past Autumn Suite
passed across this desk recently and received top marks. The distant echoes of Louis Armstrong are often apparent in Mayfield's contemporary jazz style.
This new release on Basin Street Records is a gumbo
of very hot Latin jazz. The rhythms are intense and range in style from the steel pan band
sounds of Trinidad to the vodou
drumming of Haiti. The listener is treated to no less than 27 exciting tracks, some of which are less than a minute in length. Playing time is a generous eighty minutes. Vodou Dance
has universal appeal and will be enjoyed by both jazz and world-music fans.