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WAYNE WALLACE

Three In One
Trombonist/composer/arranger Wayne Wallace's debut CD, "Three In One", accurately reflects his vast musical passion and background. With a stellar cast of musicians, rearrangements of classic jazz standards like "Straight No Chaser" and "Moon Rays" the CD takes us on Pan-Caribbean musical journey. Affectionately dubbed "The Doctor" by Latin Jazz legend Pete Escovedo, Wayne's career spans over twenty years as master trombonist, much solicited composer/arranger, and widely and highly respected music educator. Master Latin percussionist and music historian John Santos says "Wayne himself is a "three in one" persona. His extremely influential combination of writing, playing, and teaching indisputably places him among the most important musicians ever to emerge from the Bay Area".

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1.
Ibanyal~Afro-Cuban Traditional (Wayne Wallace)
 
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Straight, No Chaser~ Mambo/Jazz/Some Monk Funk (Thelonious Monk)
 
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El Paseo ~Cubop/Songo/Bebop (Wayne Wallace)
 
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Cafe con Azucar~Afro/Jazz/Funk (Wayne Wallace)
 
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Incantation ~Afro/Reggae/Jazz (Wayne Wallace)
 
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Primera Vista~Cha-cah/Jazz (Wayne Wallace)
 
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Moon Rays~Bomba/Jazz (Horace Silver)
 
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Silhouettes~Ballad (Wayne Wallace)
 
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Samba Nueva~Samba/Jazz (Wayne Wallace)
 
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Three in One~Funk/Caribe/Jazz (Wayne Wallace)
 
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Art of the Dance~ Comparsa/Funk/Soca (Wayne Wallace)
 
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Agó elegua Abukenke~ Afro/cuban Traditional (Wayne Wallace)

 

 

 

Echoes In Blue
"Echoes In Blue" maintains continuity with the powerful musical devices of Wayne Wallace's critically acclaimed CD, "Three In One", yet it goes in new artistic directions, revealing more dimensions in Wayne's immense musical personality.
"Echoes In Blue" honors some of the masters in Wayne's musical pantheon with Latinized covers of jazz classics. Wayne gives a  Cuban/Jazz/Funk of "Take The A- Train" by Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington, "Silver's Serenade" pays tribute to Horace Silver's pioneering contributions to the development of Latin Jazz. The use of the Rumba form highlights the timeless quality and harmonic potential of Herbie Hancock's "Maiden Voyage". The CuBop of "The Bird" combines the rhythmic and harmonic freedom of Charlie Parker's composing, with the legendary groundwork of Latin Jazz developed by Dizzy Gillespie and Chano Pozo.
The Wallace original "Azure Blue" is a reflection of Wayne's love of Brazilian culture . "Fan-tan" is an original tribute to the harmonic genius of Wayne Shorter. "Gingerbread Girl", one of Wayne's best-known originals, uses Mozambique, Soca, and Funk to celebrate the variety of styles in the art of the dance in American and Caribbean cultures. "Testimony" explores the joint influence of sacred Gospel and secular Blues on the development of Jazz. Wayne's search for spiritual identity through music is majestically expressed in his arrangement of the traditional Afro-Cuban "Koriomale" - a chant for Elegua, the Yoruban deity of the crossroads. "Santa Africana (for Yemaya)" pays homage to the Yoruban Goddess of the seas, with a beautiful composition accompanying a vividly mystical poem by Irene Moosen, recited by the great Brenda Boykin.

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Koriomale ~Afro/Cuban Traditional (Wayne Wallace)
 
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Take The A Train~Cuban/Jazz/Funk (Bill Strayhorn)
 
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Silver's Serenade ~Jazz/Cuban (Horace Silver)
 
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Maiden Voyage ~Jazz/Rumba (Herbie Hancock)
 
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Azure Moon ~briazilian/Jazz (Wayne Wallace)
 
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Fan-tan~Dedicated to Wayne Shorter (Wayne Wallace)
 
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The Bird~Cubop (Charlie Parker)
 
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Gingerbread Girl~ Mozambique/Soca/Funk (Wayne Wallace)
 
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Testimony ~ gospel/Jazz (Wayne Wallace)
 
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Santa Africana~Afro/Jazz (Wayne Wallace)

 

 

 

Dedication
Jazz/Latin music expert Jesse "Chuy" Varela opens the informative liner notes that he wrote for Wayne Wallace's Dedication with a very honest and candid statement: "Jazz is not for everyone. It's not exclusive or elitist, but unfortunately, it only speaks to a small percentage of the mass music market who grasp its improvisational vocabulary and spirituality." Varela goes on to say that "what keeps jazz alive is dedication," and in fact, Wallace's spirit of dedication comes through quite clearly on this 2006 date (a solid big band-oriented effort that is full of memorable ensemble work). The Bay Area trombonist wears different hats equally well on Dedication; he shines as both a soloist and a bandleader/arranger, and those arrangements are often as relevant to Latin jazz as they are to post-bop. The material chosen for Dedication can usually be divided into one of two main categories: either (1) Wallace originals or, (2) songs that have either a direct or indirect connection to the seminal John Coltrane. The relevant-to-Coltrane performances include Latin-flavored arrangements of two Coltrane pieces ("Mr. Day" and "Spiritual") as well as acoustic pianist McCoy Tyner's "Some Day." Most of the time, Latin means Afro-Cuban on Dedication; Wallace's good-natured "Nena," however, is more Brazilian-minded. Wallace's dedication to jazz -- both post-bop and Afro-Cuban jazz -- serves him well on this pleasing, well executed CD. 

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Blues Image ~Jazz (Wayne Wallace)
 
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Mr.Day ~Latin (John Coltrane)
 
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Dedication ~Latin (Wayne Wallace)
 
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R.S.V.P. ~Jazz (Wayne Wallace)
 
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Pat's Song ~Jazz (Andrea Brachfeld)
 
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Some Day ~Ballad (McCoy Tyner)
 
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Spiritual ~Tone Poem (John Coltrane)
 
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Nena ~Bossa Nova (Wayne Wallace)
 
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Yours Truly ~ Jazz (Wayne Wallace)
 
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Benin ~Afro/Jazz (Wayne Wallace)

 

 

 

 

The Reckless Search for Beauty
Some jazz musicians -- certainly not all jazz musicians, but some jazz musicians -- can be very stereotypical jazz snobs (the sort of folks who refuse to see the value in any music other than jazz and wouldn't know Joan Jett from Joan Baez or Mary J. Blige from Mary Chapin Carpenter). But trombonist/bandleader/arranger Wayne Wallace is a jazz musician with a more broad-minded outlook, which serves him nicely on The Reckless Search for Beauty. This is a jazz-oriented disc that gets a lot of inspiration from Latin music as well as soul/funk but here Wallace turns to the more African-influenced areas of Latin music for inspiration; Afro-Cuban elements are prominent on "El Rio de Oro," "La Encantadora," "Nadie" and "Paso a Paso" (all Wallace originals) as well as tasteful versions of Miles Davis' "Tune Up" and Bill Withers' "Use Me". The Reckless Search for Beauty is an intriguing title for this 2006 recording; Wallace is definitely searching for musical beauty, but the performances (some totally instrumental, some with vocals) never sound reckless -- perhaps restless, but not reckless (or careless or haphazard). Actually, this CD manages to sound very focused while offering a fair amount of surprises (including a bolero-style performance of Duke Ellington's "Chromatic Love Affair" and an arrangement of Mongo Santamaria's "Afro-Blue" that includes both English lyrics by Oscar Brown, Jr. and Spanish lyrics by Ricardo Pereiro). Although not aimed at jazz purists, The Reckless Search for Beauty is well worth hearing if one likes his/her Latin jazz and post-bop with a dose of funk and soul.

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1.
El Duende Africano ~Latin/Funk (Wayne Wallace and Julio Mantalvo)
 
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Paso A Paso ~Latin/Jazz (John Coltrane)
 
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Use Me ~Funk/Latin (Bill Withers)
 
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Tune Up~Latin/Jazz (Miles Davis)
 
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Rhythm & Rhyme ~Brazilian/Funk (Wayne Wallace)
 
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Chromatic Love Affair ~Bolero (Duke Ellington)
 
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Nadie ~Songo/Blues Caribe (Wayne Wallace)
 
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Obatala/Afro Blue ~(Music by Mongo Santanaria/English lyrics by Oscar Brown Jr./Spanish lyrics by Ricardo Pereira)
 
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La Encantadora ~ Cha-cha-chá (Wayne Wallace)
 
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Esta Noche (Wayne Wallace)
 
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El Rio De Oro (Wayne Wallace)

 

 

The Nature of the Beat
Jazz trombonist Wayne Wallace has been steadily moving up the ladder as one of the premier players on his instrument, and merging more so to the Latin jazz idiom. He's a fine arranger and bandleader too, talents that should not be overlooked. For this program, Wallace asserts his melodic common sense by leading out many tunes, stirring up a large horn section, and infusing his personal dynamism that will rival any of his heroes and influences. His background in playing pop music also shows up, as he covers tunes by Earth, Wind & Fire and Ray Charles. But the straight Latin and jazz tracks fully display what Wallace does best. The sizzling montuno original "¡No Esta Complicado!" is fronted by the trombonist, setting off chirping and chattering horns in the backdrop. A clave beat sustains the orisha inspired "Oshumaré" in a nice, melodic understated groove during five minutes of marvelous music that inexplicably is faded out prematurely. There's an expansive take of Herbie Hancock's "Come Running to Me" , an amiable cha cha version with flute, brass, and electric piano. Melecio Magdaluyo is the wondrous flute player and fluid alto saxophonist on the date, and his light shines brightly throughout. His flute sweetly coalesces with Wallace on the very slow version of "Bésame Mucho," while his alto solo leaps over the Latin funk of "Mis Amigos" and "That Walk." Veteran saxophonist Ron Stallings is here as well, playing outstanding baritone sax on the spicy deep take of Gerry Mulligan's "Jeru," a great idea for the soloist and the other horns. Stallings is on tenor and vocals for a timba funk version of "Unchain My Heart" . Wallace is an extraordinary trombone player and improviser, of that there is no doubt. The band, including Magdaluyo, Stallings, timbales master Michael Spiro, the great percussionist John Santos, pianists Frank Martin and Murray Low, bassist David Belove and drummer Paul VanWageningen are all truly outstanding.  

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Mis Amigos~Latin Funk (Wayne Wallace)
 
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Jeru ~Jazz Latin (Gerry Mulligan)
 
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Serpentine Fire~Latin Funk (Maurice White, Verdine White & Sonny Burke)
 
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Fascinatin' Rhythm!~Timba Funk (George & Ira Gershwin)
 
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¡No Esta Complicado!~Latin Jazz (Wayne Wallace)
 
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Bésame Mucho ~Bolero (Consuelo Velazquez)
 
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Come Running to Me~Cha Cha (Herbie Hancock)
 
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Unchain My Heart~Timba Funk (Teddy Powell/Robert Sharp, Jr.)
 
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That Walk ~Cuban Funk (John Santos & Wayne Wallace)
 
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Oshumaré ~ Orisha Jazz (Wayne Wallace)

 

 

Infinity
Trombonist Wayne Wallace gathers strength in numbers through his previous large-ensemble jazz and Latin projects, tapping on local West Coast resources to expand the language of his instrument and the music he favors. For this recording he effectively harmonizes with himself by utilizing double- and triple-tracking for the same end result, making his tenor and alto trombone or Wagner tuba sound like a full brass section on several selections. He employs the elegant and skilled vocalist Jackie Ryan on two tracks and a vocal choir for another two, and faithfully stays within the Afro-Caribbean tradition of music mined by Papo Vazquez, Steve Turre, and Chris Washburn. Wallace has picked a wonderful rhythm section that perfectly exemplifies ideal teamwork, with percussionist Michael Spiro, bassist David Belove, drummer Paul Van Wageningen, and especially the exceptional pianist Murray Low to shape these original tunes and standards beautifully, within the framework of classic Cuban rhythms. The title track is a gem, a cool song featuring sharp accents and percussion inserts in a montuno/descarga sauce. The tumba-tumbao swing "Songo Colorado" features the lead vocal of Orlando Torriente with a chorus of singers, joyous and alive -- a tune that makes you wanna holler "yeah!" Dedicated to brothers Jerry and Andy Gonzalez, "TBA" starts with a single trombone that is multiplied by overdubbing, and displays the most refined piano playing from Low. Latin superstar flutist Roger Glenn makes a cameo appearance during the outstanding "Cha-Cha de Alegria," elevating the ensemble's cachet as he also overdubs a vibraphone track in danzon style. The cuts with Ryan's dusky vocal component are no less compelling as she jumps into the fray scatting on the clave jazz take of "Love Walked In," and exploits her alluring feminine charms for the purely romantic "Close Your Eyes." Ryan is a keeper, and one to always pay attention to when speaking of great contemporary jazz singers. Wallace is also mindful of early jazz tradition during his bolero ballad rendition of the vintage chestnut "Memories of You," utilizing his single languid trombone. He also pulls out a melodica to play Jovino Santos Neto's "As Cores da Menina," a samba tune that adds more contrast. Even reverting to well-done commercial funk, he combines Freddie Hubbard's "Straight Life" and Weldon Irvine's "Mr. Clean" with Low on electric piano in a contemporary approach that is far from foreign or compromising. With a handful of recordings in the Wallace discography and confidence growing on every one, Infinity is solid top to bottom. It's close to his best effort so far, with still more to come in what promises to be a long and satisfying career for Wayne Wallace, who has to be deemed a top-drawer jazz and Latin trombonist in the 2000s and beyond.

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Infinity ~Latin Jazz (Wayne Wallace)
 
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Songo Colorado~Songo Jazz (Wayne Wallace)
 
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As Cores Da Menina~Samba (Jovino Santos Neto)
 
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Love Walked In~Latin Jazz (George & Ira Gershwin)
 
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Memories Of You ~Bolero (Eubie Blake & Andy Razaf)
 
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TBA ~Latin Jazz (Wayne Wallac)e
 
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Close Your Eyes~Jazz Mambo (Bernice Petkere)
 
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Cha-Cha De Alegria~Cha Cha (Wayne Wallace)
 
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Straight Life/Mr. Clean~ Latin Funk (Freddie Hubbard & Weldon Irvine)

 

 

¡Bien Bien!
¡BIEN BIEN! is the second release of The Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet, whose debut CD Infinity was voted “Album of the Week” by Latin Jazz Corner; spent two weeks at #2 on Jazz Week’s “World Music Top 50 Charts”; and led Nelson Rodriguez of Latin Beat Magazine to declare: “Based on this CD, Wayne Wallace has become my choice for the title of ‘Musician of the Year.’” ¡BIEN BIEN! is an intriguing collection of three Wallace originals, a Memo Acevedo tune, and five “straight ahead” tunes that Wallace has masterfully reconfigured into extremely satisfying Latin Jazz vehicles. He and his band mates Murray Low (piano); David Belove (bass); Michael Spiro (Latin percussion and percussion arrangements); and Paul van Wageningen (trap drums), have created another tour de force, and the presence of two special guests – the legendary trombonist Julian Priester and the up-and-coming virtuoso jazz vocalist Kenny Washington – beautifully augments the cohesion of this longstanding ensemble.   

 

Reviews

Nelson Rodriguez of Latin Beat Magazine  “Based on this CD, Wayne Wallace has become my choice for the title of ‘Musician of the Year.’”

Wallace s quintet is like an elite commando unit: lean, mean and packing some serious heat. Drummer Paul Van Wageningen, percussionist Michael Spiro and bassist Dave Belove locked together in an impenetrable wall of rhythm, with a bass thump loud enough to be felt in the granite and steel columns of the surrounding buildings. Wallace surfed over all this with a pan-Caribbean fluidity part Cuba and part New Orleans, speaking of both the music s African roots and its 21st century urban reality. --The Jazz Observer By Forrest Dylan Bryant August 8, 2009 


In addition to his warm-toned, fluid and imaginative bone playing, Wallace shows abundant talents as arranger, producer and composer. His Afro-Cuban music bristles with energy and spirit that will leave you eagerly awaiting his next album! --Nancy Ann Lee, Jazz & Blues Report 

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¡Bien Bien!~Latin Jazz (Wayne Wallace)
 
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Freedom Jazz Dance~Bomba (Eddie Harris)
 
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Mojito Cafe~Latin Jazz (Wayne Wallace)
 
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Building Bridges~Latin Jazz (Memo Acevedo)
 
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In a Sentimental Mood~Bolero (Duke Ellington)
 
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Playa Negra~Cha-Cha-Cha (Wayne Wallace)
 
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Going Up (¡Súbete!) ~Latin Jazz (Duke Ellington)
 
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Solid~Cu-bop (Sonny Rollins)
 
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Africa (for Ron Stallings)~Latin Jazz (John Coltrane)

 

 

More information about Wayne Wallace at www.walacomusic.com

 

 

 

Kristina

 


Offshore Echoes
Offshore Echoes blends cultures, rhythms, and lyrics using Kristina's lifetime of multicultural experiences intermingled with Wayne Wallace’s lusty arrangements. Together they blend Brazilian and Latin percussion, jazz improvisation, blues, lyric interpretation, and storytelling.

CONCEPT

Offshore Echoes” is a tour de force for jazz vocalist Kristina. Kristina takes us on a rhythmic journey that touches the heart and stirs the mind with evocative interpretations of music composed by Sting, Paul Simon, and Jon Lucien, as well as, classics such as “Tenderly” and Cherokee.”

Drawing from her multiracial identity and her diverse musical background, Kristina simmers her talents in a jazzed up ‘baby boomers’ stew. Delicately blending blues, jazz improvisation, lyric interpretation, story telling, Brazilian and Latin percussion into “Offshore Echoes”, a delectable as well as a memorable debut creation that is sure to leave a sweet taste on the palate of all who venture a taste.

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Tea In the Sahara (Sting)
 
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Cherokee (Noble and Colgems)
 
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Love Everlasting (Jon Lucien)
 
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Open Your Eyes You Can Fly (Corea/Potter)
 
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(Take Me To) Aruanda (Lyra/Vandré/Gimbel)
 
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Tenderly (Gross, Walter and Lawrence)
 
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Ilu Aye (Terra da Vida) (Cabana and Reis)
 
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The Performer (Kenny Vance)
 
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Valentin (Vasquez and Richards)
 
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The 59th St. Bridge Song (Feeling Groovy) (Paul Simon)

 

 

Reviews

www.stjoenews.net
by Alonzo Weston Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Kristina - “Offshore Echoes” (Patois Records) Latin jazz vocalist Kristina takes a few well known pop and jazz compositions and adds a multicultural bent to them.

TITLE: “Offshore Echoes” (Patois Records)
ARTIST: Kristina
STARS: 3 Out Of 5 Stars
SOUNDS LIKE: Well known pop and jazz songs filtered through a multicultural musical kalediscope. Celebratory and joyous. Latin jazz vocalist Kristina takes a few well known pop and jazz compositions and adds a multicultural bent to them. Borrowing rhythms and cadences from Brazil, Latin and Africa she gives ethnic interpretations to tunes like Sting’s “Tea in the Sahara” and the jazz classic “Tenderly.” And it all works in a joyous, breezy fashion. Joined by a group of some of San Francisco’s most celebrated musicans that includes trombonist Wayne Wallace an Pianist Frank Martin, Kristina shows a lot of promise on her debut album “Offshore Echoes.”  

 

More information about Kristina available at www.kristinasgroove.com

 

VW Brothers

 “Drawing from their vast collective musical experiences in jazz, classical, funk, Brazilian, and Afro-Cuban music, Paul and Marc van Wageningen's debut CD "Muziek" is a testimony to their dedication, artistry and emergence as leaders in the ongoing tradition of musical diversity. — Wayne Wallace

Muziek
After years of sharing their talents with many great international musicians (Tower of Power, Stan Getz, Esther Phillips, Paul Winters, Diane Reeves, Sheila E, George Duke, Paquito D’Rivera and the Caribbean Jazz Project, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Pete Escovedo) the VW Brothers have stepped to the forefront as leaders with their debut CD "Muziek,” out February 23, 2010 on Patois Records.

With "Muziek", drummer Paul van Wageningen and bassist Marc van Wageningen have created is a stunning alchemic example of the possibilities of what jazz continues to offer us in the new millennium. While embracing and honoring tradition, "Muziek" explores and reconfirms our shared legacy and connections in modern music by combining and meshing styles.  "Muziek" features eight original compositions, from the neo-classical stylings of "Euro", to the simmering East Bay funk of "You Guys Done Yet?", the gorgeous Brazilian ballad "Benito" to the Afro-Cuban jazz of "Zapatos De Madera". With stunning new versions of the Miles Davis classic "Milestones" and "What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life? by Michel Legrand, "Muziek" is a beautiful display of heartfelt lyricism and purposeful virtuosity.

Born and raised in Amsterdam, Holland, Paul and Marc van Wageningen (Vah-ga-nay-gun) studied at the Amsterdam Conservatory of Music. Paul moved to New York in 1976 to be closer to the American jazz scene and then relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area. Marc came to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1980. They both acclimated quickly to the Bay Area scene and quickly found work. Their resumés as first-call sidemen and touring musicians reads as a "Who's Who" list of multi generational stars spanning a variety of musical genres.

"Muziek" is a beautiful display of heartfelt lyricism and purposeful virtuosity that we will be enjoying for years to come.  

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1.
Euro Introduction
 
2.
Simone
 
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Milestones
 
4.
Moon over Gate 24
 
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Zapatos de Madera
 
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Benito
 
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El Abogado
 
8.
You guys done yet?
 
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What are you doing the rest of your life?
 
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Cecilia’s song
 
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Euro

 

For more information about the VW Brothers please visit www.vwbrothers.com