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|Nettai Tropical Jazz Big Band|
Live in Yokohama Japan
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Latin Music
Carlos Kanno, ex-leader of Japan's renowned Orchestra de la Luz, formed the Nettai Tropical Jazz Big Band in 1995 with the idea of adding some flavor from the young Japanese jazz Turks into the mix. Eighteen strong, with a... more »
Carlos Kanno, ex-leader of Japan's renowned Orchestra de la Luz, formed the Nettai Tropical Jazz Big Band in 1995 with the idea of adding some flavor from the young Japanese jazz Turks into the mix. Eighteen strong, with a four trumpet, three trombone, and four saxophone horn section, they are caught in full flight, covering nine extended "descargas" (jams) on self-penned titles and some from Tito Puente, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, and Tower of Power among others. As you might expect this band carries a lot of muscle, and even TOP's "Squib Cakes" has never sounded fatter or better, especially on the Latin tip that suffuses all the tracks on this CD. An excellent recording of a very live event, with top-flight jazz arrangements and soloists riding a funky Latin boogaloo rhythm section to the bank and back, this is an auspicious debut designed to be heard LOUDLY. --Derek Rath
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Frances Huntington | Third stone from the stone, Brisbane, QLD Australi | 03/20/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Japan has a history of adopting the styles of Western music so it is no surprise to come across an album of latin big band jazz performed by Japanese musicians. This is an energetic 21 piece band that sweats enthusiasm, led by the percussionist Carlos Kanno. Seven of the nine tracks are cover versions by composers of the highest standard. The first track was written by Mario Bauza, so Kanno obviously has good taste. This is an CD of well played grooves which reminds the listener of bits and pieces of latin jazz history. Maybe next time they might inject a bit more ferocity into their playing, though there is nothing wrong with the solos on this enjoyable CD."
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Alan Altman | Miami, Florida | 03/18/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you ever doubted the universality of music, check out this Japanese-Afro-Cuban Jazz masterpiece of a group. They cook like mad and if you were to listen without knowledge of whom it was , you'd believe that Puente or Tito Rodriguez had just made a new recording. Fantastic !!! Monster players....like Makoto Ozone's "No Name Horses"....only in a Latin groove.......how do they do it ??!!"