Salongo: Nymphs of the Sudan
Nymphs of the Sudan
Eddie Allen (trumpet, flugelhorn),
Bruce Williams (sax, flute), Teodross Avery (tenor sax), Hector Martignon (piano), Mario Rodriguez (electric bass), Diego Lopez (drums), Renato Thoms (congas and percussion), special guest Uli Geissendoerfer (keyboards).
Composed by Eddie Allen.
Recorded: Teaneck, NJ, April 2, 2007
Rating: 82/100 (learn more)
Salongo, led by trumpeter Eddie Allen, is a quite competent band that plays mostly contemporary jazz in the Afro/Cuban/Brazilian vein. Two goals, among others, of the band are to honor the rhythms of Mongo Santamaria and to imbue its music with a commercial appeal. On this front they have succeeded. "Nymphs of the Sudan," the album's most pleasing cut, has a lush full sound. The rhythms are infectious and the song has a solid groove. Allen is a very fine player and exhibits such with an expressive solo. He is followed in suit by saxophonists Avery and Williams. Pianist Martigon also offers up some tasty licks throughout.
Reviewer: Walter Kolosky