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Santos, John Sextet / Filosofía Caribeña, Vol. 2
Album:Filosofía Caribeña, Vol. 2 Collection:Jazz
Artist:Santos, John Sextet Added:May 2013
Label:Machete Records 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2013-05-13 Pull Date:2013-07-15 Charts:Jazz, Reggae/World
Week Ending:Jun 16Jun 9Jun 2May 26May 19

 Recent Airplay
1.Jan 03, 2014:No Cover, No Minimum: Remembering 2013
Que Sabroso
4.Jul 18, 2013:Rebop
El Buen Camino
2.Dec 06, 2013:Fight or Flight
Cuando Del Africa Salí
5.Jun 14, 2013:No Cover, No Minimum
Cuando Del Africa Salí
3.Oct 18, 2013:No Cover, No Minimum
Que Sabroso
6.Jun 12, 2013:Coffeebreak
Cuando Del Africa Salí

Album Review
Reviewed 2013-05-12 
JOHN SANTOS SEXTET: Filosofía Caribeña, Vol. 2
Machete, 2013

LATIN JAZZ – This is the concluding part of a massive 4-year project from Bay Area percussionist/educator John Santos. As in Vol. 1, the tunes are all tributes to the musicians, family, and political figures who inspire Santos. There are rich layers of traditional Puerto Rican/Afro-Cuban percussion, many guest musicians, a wide range of rhythmic styles, passionate call & response vocals in several languages, and very fine performances from all involved. It’s a winner. All tracks clean.

Try any track! Fo’s Picks: 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10

1. 7:25 – lovely rolling groove, strong vocal, mellow sax-led interlude in middle
2. 5:47 – rapid-fire rap centers cool tribute to Puerto Rico; great bass/trumpet
3. 10:24 – relaxed intro, then merengue gradually heats up, Spanish vox
4. 6:43 – relaxed, “crooked” cha-cha rhythm, flute/sax solos, speeds up later
5. 8:26 – a warm, folksy mélange of Haitian creole and pan-Caribbean flavors
6. 9:38 – deep Afro-Cuban: walking rhythm to swift rumba to mellow trumpet
7. 5:34 – upbeat, friendly feel: lightly bouncing rhythm, accordion, warm vocals
8. 7:26 – fantastic sound: rainforest/bird call, lovely melody, welcoming rhythm
9. 6:21 – orisha praise song: lively call & response, then great flute & rumba
10. 4:55 – the most “modern” piece: stands tall with strong vox & trombone

[ Fo ] - 12 May 2013

Track Listing
1.Mr. Stallings 6.Cuando Del Africa Salí
2.Que Sabroso 7.Sin Ti No Hay Tu
3.Las Hermanas Mirabal 8.Domingo Yaucano
4.El Buen Camino 9.Bronze Y Oro
5.Ayití 10.Por Tus Hijos