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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:Mar 2017

A-File Activity
Add Date:2017-04-12 Pull Date:2017-06-14 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:Jun 11Jun 4May 28May 21Apr 23Apr 16

 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
6.May 26, 2017:Rebop

Album Review
Be Sharp
Reviewed 2017-03-23 

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