Luis Bonilla: Uh, Uh, Uh...


Uh, Uh, Uh…


Luis Bonilla (trombone)


I Talking Now (NJC 300977)

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Luis Bonilla (trombone),

Ivan Renta (saxophones), Arturo O’Farrill (piano), Andy McKee (bass), John Riley (drums)


Composed by Luis Bonilla


Recorded: New York, November 17th & 18th, 2008


Rating: 87/100 (learn more)

Steeped in a Latin tradition that utilizes the trombone in an explosive way, Luis Bonilla is true to the tradition and adds his own touch of funk for good measure. On “Uh, Uh , Uh...”, he plays with a easy, swinging swagger that is countered by the angular sound of Ivan Renta’s saxophone. This jagged, darting composition features the rapid fire drumming of John Riley, the staccato piano syncopations of Arturo O’ Farrill and the propulsive bass of Andy McKee. Bonilla negotiates the twists and turns with an exciting display of trombone virtuosity. When he and Renta play together, their combined sound creates the impression that 1 + 1 = 3. An energetic, spirited and (at times) free-form romp.

Reviewer: Ralph A. Miriello

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