Perico Sambeat: Barri de la Coma
Barri de la Coma
Perico Sambeat (alto sax)
Ademuz (Fresh Sound New Talent FSNT 041)
Mike Leonhart (trumpet), Kurt Rosenwinkel (guitar), Joe Martin (bass), Jordi Rossy (drums), Guillermo McGill and Enric Canada (percussion).
Composed by Perico Sambeat.
Recorded: Valencia, Spain, August & November 1995
Rating: 88/100 (learn more)
Close your eyes, open your ears, and you'll almost think this is one of those Blue Note sessions with a Latin twist that were recorded in the '60s. The initial horns unison, or the trumpet solo, may be misleading. But not the "palmas" that open the tune along with the drums: yes we are in southern Spain, home of both the flamenco and Perico Sambeat, who invited his American friends to join him on this crossover session. No nostalgia, then, no revival either, but a very convincing mix of hard-bop drive and Latin rhythms played by young modernists whose common roots bridge the Atlantic.
Reviewer: Thierry Quénum