Danilo Perez: Hot Bean Strut


Hot Bean Strut


Danilo Perez (piano)


Panamonk (Impulse 190)

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Danilo Perez (piano), Avishai Cohen (bass), Terri Lyne Carrington (drums).

Composed by Danilo Perez


Recorded: New York, January 3-4, 1996


Rating: 97/100 (learn more)

Panamonk is an exploration of the rhythmic potential in Monk compositions. Perez attests to how well Latin jazz arrangements suit them in the album's liner notes. "Hot Bean Strut" is one of four original compositions written in homage to Monk's musical legacy. The track features a rock-solid boogaloo (bugalú) beat, supplied by Cohen and Carrington, and masterful piano work by Perez. His integration of postmodern harmonic structures with an adventurous sense of rhythmic play proves not only effective but infectiously enjoyable here. Perez's solo break into the montuno section will leave many straight-ahead fans asking that perennial lost-in-translation question: "Wait, where's the downbeat?" Whether or not you find the answer, there's no denying that this is just about as good as Latin jazz gets.

Reviewer: Mark Lomanno

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