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Smith, Joel Larue / Motorman's Son, The
Album:Motorman's Son, The Collection:Out for Review
Artist:Smith, Joel Larue Added:03/2017
Label:Self-Release 

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Add Date:2017-04-12 Pull Date:2017-06-14 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:11 Jun4 Jun28 May21 May23 Apr16 Apr
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 Recent Airplay
1.Jun 15, 2017:No Cover, No Minimum
The Seed
4.Jun 02, 2017:Rebop
The Seed
2.Jun 09, 2017:Rebop
The Motorman's Son
5.Jun 01, 2017:No Cover, No Minimum
The Seed
3.Jun 03, 2017:Music Casserole
Raices
6.May 26, 2017:Rebop
Manteca

Album Review
Be Sharp
Reviewed 2017-03-23 
CONTEMPORARY LATIN JAZZ COMBO

Smith teaches at Tufts University and has led the Tufts Big Band on tours of Europe and Cuba. The line up here is alto and tenor saxophones, two trombones, bass, drums, and Smith’s piano. Most tracks have a strong Afro-Cuban influence (but not so much Nos 3, 4, 7). Smith composed all tracks, except #2 (by Dizzy Gillespie) and #8 (Wayne Shorter).
No FCC issues.

1 ** Fast. Bright & lively. Leads by alto, tenor, piano. Plenty of Latin perc. (8:00)
2 ** Fast. Energetic salsa beat. Danceable. Solos by trombone & both saxes. (5:32)
3 Slow solo piano intro. At 1:40, becomes mid-fast; bass & drums join. (7:31)
4 Mid-fast. Snappy. Mostly piano, bass & drums, though horns punctuate in spots. (6:17)
5 * Fast. Cuban sound again. High energy. Exuberant tenor sax & trombone. (7:14)
6 Mid-fast; very fast; mid. Juxtaposed styles. Middle section very lively, Cuban. (5:08)
7 * Slow & peaceful. Solo piano. Pretty but played a bit too forte. (4:56)
8 Mid-fast. Partied-up remake of the tune. Strong Caribbean flavor with lots of Latin perc. Solos by saxes, trombone, piano. (6:32)
9 Mid-fast. Latin. Strong ensemble playing. Lengthy piano solo. Trombone solo. (7:26)

Track Listing
1.The Seed 5.Raices
2.Manteca 6.La Ruta Alterna
3.Reverence 7.The Promise
4.The Motorman's Son 8.Nefertiti
 9.Sin Miedo