Santos, John & The Machete Ensemble / Brazos Abiertos
Album:Brazos Abiertos Collection:World
Artist:Santos, John & The Machete Ensemble Added:Sep 2004
Label:Machete Records 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2004-12-19 Pull Date:2005-02-18 Charts:Reggae/World
Week Ending:Feb 13Jan 30Jan 23Jan 16Jan 9Jan 2Dec 26

Recent Airplay
1.Feb 11, 2022:At the Cafe Bohemian (rebroadcast from May 10, 2017)
Mi Plena De Libertad
4.Sep 05, 2006:At the Cafe Bohemian
2.May 10, 2017:At the Cafe Bohemian
Mi Plena De Libertad
5.Sep 05, 2005:radiomundi
Going Home Tomorrow
3.May 26, 2009:At the Cafe Bohemian
Going Home Tomorrow
6.Feb 08, 2005:At the Cafe Bohemian

Album Review
Reviewed 2004-11-30 
Machete Records, 2003

One of the biggest and best Latin Jazz ensembles in the Bay Area, John Santos’ band continues to deliver strong grooves that span several Latin idioms, starring a virtual who’s who of the local scene. I don't think this is their strongest outing, but it’s a pleasant listen with lots of hip-shaking breaks.

Trombone master Steve Turre and bassist Andy Gonzalez guest on track 1. Don't miss track 10, which is really great.

Fo’s picks: 1, 3, 6, 7, 10

1. 6:59 – long intro; midtempo bomba + rumba rhythms, solos: trombone, perc
2. 6:05 – light guaracha, relaxed vocal by Orlando Torriente; heats up later
3. 5:48 – light-hearted Puerto Rican plena, second half good and loose
4. 7:35 – suite: nature sounds, abstraction, angular groove; bass clarinet lead
5. 4:38 – Afro-Cuban inst., shifting rhythms; solos for tenor sax & timbales
6. 5:29 – sweet “son-chá”, a laid-back Cuban dance number w/a swaying beat
7. 5:10 – midtempo guaracha, airy and flowing: a positive call to action
8. 6:04 – soul-merengue, smooth and upbeat. English vocal, hot in the middle.
9. 6:14 – low-key and a bit mysterious, then fast percussion-based groove
10. 6:52 – wow! a unique mix of Yoruba chant and bluesy gospel vocals (four singers share the lead): slow tempo. Nice flute solo too!

[ Fo ] – 11/30/2004

Track Listing
1.Brazos Abiertos 6.Bombon
2.No Canto a Tus Ojos 7.Dale La Mano
3.Mi Plena De Libertad 8.Martinica
4.Buscando La Paz 9.Herbs
5.Apetegbi 10.Going Home Tomorrow