Hilario Duran: Paq Man
Hilario Duran and His Latin Jazz Big Band
From the Heart (Alma 66062)
Alexis Baró, Alex Kundakcioglu, Brian Okane, Jason Logue (trumpets), Alistair Kay, Phil Gray, William Carn, Colin Murray (trombones), John Johnson, Luis Denis, Vern Dorge (alto saxes), Quinsin Nachoff, Jeff King (tenor saxes), Perry White, Pol Coussee (baritone saxes), Rob Piltch (guitar), Roberto Occhipinti (bass), Rosendo “Chendy” León (timbales), Joaquín Hidalgo (congas, bongó, batá, guiro).
Composed by Hilario Duran.
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
The modern Latin Jazz Big Band is alive and well, as evidenced by this Hilario Duran effort featuring Paquito D'Rivera and Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez. While it's sometimes difficult to find the jazz amidst a Latin Big Band, Cuban/Canadian Hilario Duran declares with the very name of this new group that he is consciously combining Latin and jazz styles. D'Rivera delivers the "Paq Man" melody on clarinet amidst clever bop background figures that are bookended by mambo percussion breaks. Duran and D'Rivera then exchange solo choruses until Hernandez blazes over a concluding montuno to arrive at the track's rousing conclusion.
Reviewer: Eric Novod