feat. Alex Acuña, Justo Almario, Jerry Bergonzi, Ignacio Berroa, Paquito D’Rivera, Danilo Perez, David Liebman, Dave Samuels, & Edward Simon

Afro Peruvian Jazz Sessions_Richie Zellon“Extracted from three Song-o-sau’rus recordings led by Richie Zellon, this compilation demonstrates why the aforesaid guitarist/composer/arranger from Lima must be viewed as the greatest catalyst of the Afro-Peruvian jazz idiom, ever since he recorded the pioneering LP Landologia (1982). Transcending the predominant Cuban and Brazilian dimensions of the Latin jazz genre, Zellon achieves a marriage of jazz harmony and improvisations with various Afro-Peruvian rhythms (from the celebratory 12/8 festejo to the melancholic 6/8 landó to the lively 3/4 marinera) throughout this entirely original anthology, backed by an unmatched Panamerican cast of skillful and highly trained Latin jazz practitioners (Paquito D’Rivera, Justo Almario, Abrahám Laboriel, Danilo Pérez, Oscar Stagnaro, Alex Acuña, Dave Samuels, Ed Simón, Ignacio Berroa, etc.), all of whom reside in the U. S. of A. Which brings to mind an ancient Castilian proverb: “Nadie es profeta en su tierra” (A prophet is without honor in his own country).”

* Café Con Leche (1995), The Nazca Lines (1996) and Metal Caribe (1998)
Luis Tamargo -LATIN BEAT