"Hot House: Cuban Tribute to Charlie Parker," says trumpeter Steve Gluzband of his new production, "differs from much of today's Latin jazz, as every track is not mambo. With a fresh take on the old-school Cuban recording format, each track features a different dance rhythm."
Rhythms covered within the eleven tracks include mambo-flamenco, guaguancó, mambo-jazz, son, bebop latino, danzón, boogaloo, changuí, Afro-Cuban and bolero.
Featured with Gluzband on this versatile CD are Gabriel "Chinchillita" Machado (percussion), Pablo Moya (tres), Jorge Bringas (bass), and Art Bailey (piano), plus special guests Román Díaz (batá drums), Itai Kriss (flute), Marshall Gilkes (trombone), Ali Bello and Meg Okura (violins), Rachel Gluzband (viola), and Jessie Reagen (cello). Johnny Pacheco served as creative consultant.
The Boston-born Gluzband, whose father's side, as he puts it, "is from Europe, by way of La Habana, Cuba," graduated from Berklee College of Music in 1971, and moved to New York eight years later. He has toured Europe more than 20 times, and his solos can be heard in the films "Happy Accidents" and "Mad Hot Ballroom," plus MTV's "Road Rules" and "Blues Clues." The trumpeter has performed Salsa Vivaldi with the Chicago Symphony, and has played Madison Square Garden with Marc Anthony and Paul Simon.
Gluzband has recorded many albums with Ray Barretto, including the late conguero's 1988 Grammy winning collaboration with Celia Cruz, (Ritmo en el Corazón). In addition, he has recorded with Henry Fiol, Saoco, Ray Ramos, José Conde, Jimmy Bosch, Jimmy Delgado, Talking Heads and Tabou Combo.
His performing credits include work with Machito, Tito Puente, Johnny Pacheco, Héctor Lavoe, Mongo Santamaría, Chico O'Farrill, Sonora Ponceña, Sonora Matancera, Conjunto Clásico, Frankie Ruiz, Vicentico Valdés, Ray de la Paz, Jimmy Delgado, The Latin-Jazz Coalition, Larry Harlow, Alfredo de la Fé, the NY Salsa All-Stars, and the Alegre All Stars.
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