Grupo Los Santos

Clave Heart

OA2 22092

“What a great, surprising recording...bright and new modern music that knows a ton about the Afro Cuban tradition, and a ton about the modern jazz tradition, and isn�t afraid to take liberties with it all.”
Peter Watrous, Descarga

With the open and spontaneous aesthetic of New York City's jazz scene combined with inspiration drawn from traditional folkloric music of the Americas, Grupo Los Santos continues to explore their unique collective sound on their third release, Clave Heart. Here, the quartet of saxophonist Paul Carlon, guitarist Peter Smith, bassist David Ambrosio, and drummer William "Beaver" Bausch, adds bata drums, Afro-Cuban chants, and guests, flute virtuoso Kaori Fujii and long-time collaborator, vocalist and body-percussionist Max Pollak, to create a wide spectrum of sound and texture throughout this dynamic set of original compositions.

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TRACKS:

1) ENTRE DONGAN Y ARDEN 6:40
2) FUTURE HOMAGE 5:44
3) NO T 6:21
4) CLAVE HEART 7:53
5) DIMELO 7:10
6) ILLUMINADO 7:06
7) AFREKETE BLUE 5:44
8) ALGO AZUL 6:04
9) TUG OF WAR 6:34
10) RUMBA PARA KAORI 5:15

PERFORMERS:

Grupo Los Santos is:
PAUL CARLON - tenor & soprano saxophones, vocals
PETE SMITH - guitar, vocals
DAVID AMBROSIO - acoustic bass, bata, vocals
WILLIAM "BEAVER" BAUSCH - drumset, vocals

Special guests:
MAX POLLAK - tap dance/Rumba Tap, vocals
KAORI FUJII - flute

PRODUCTION:

Produced by Grupo Los Santos
Recorded by Katherine Miller
at Avatar Studios, NYC on Dec 11-12, 2010
Additional recording by William ?Beaver? Bausch
Mixed by William Bausch & Grupo Los Santos
at B-Va Productions, Jackson Heights, NYC
Mastered by Alan Silverman, Arf Mastering, NYC
Band Photo by Zachary Maxwell Stertz
Cover design & layout by John Bishop

REVIEWS:

Descarga (Peter Watrous)
Editor's Pick:

What a great, surprising recording, from a little known New York band, Grupo Los Santos. The band, Paul Carlon on saxophones, Pete Smith on guitar, David Ambrosio on bass and Beaver Bausch on drums are on its third installment and Clave Heart is pretty amazing, a mixture of religious singing and rhythms from Cuba and an absolutely modern Brooklyn jazz sensibility. It is a strange combination at first, because the music seems so right, so authentic in its intent...

 

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