Santos, John Sextet / Filosofía Caribeña, Vol. 1
Album:Filosofía Caribeña, Vol. 1 Collection:Jazz
Artist:Santos, John Sextet Added:May 2011
Label:Machete Records 

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Add Date:2011-05-14 Pull Date:2011-07-16 Charts:Jazz
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Recent Airplay
1.Sep 21, 2021:Wee Animalcules (rebroadcast from Jul 15, 2011)
4.Feb 19, 2016:Rebop
Pop's Brim
2.Dec 01, 2016:No Cover, No Minimum
5.Dec 12, 2014:Rebop
La Rumba Me Lleva
3.Nov 03, 2016:No Cover, No Minimum
The Sense Of Now
6.Apr 19, 2013:No Cover, No Minimum: Track 6

Album Review
Reviewed 2011-05-14 
JOHN SANTOS SEXTET: Filosofía Caribeña, Vol. 1
Machete, 2011

LATIN JAZZ – This CD is just part of a massive commissioned work that Bay Area percussionist John Santos been developing for two years. The theme is heritage, inspired by the complex streams of Afro-Latin-Caribbean culture, but it’s also very personal: most of the tunes are about specific musicians who have passed on or Santos’ own history. Excellent flute and sax carry the melodies over rich rhythms.

Fo’s Picks: 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11

1. 8:28 – spiritual intro, then gentle with lovely, heartfelt solos; tougher at end
2. 5:11 – rumba: great intro, flute duet, warm & inviting w/very nice percussion
3. 5:23 – mid-uptempo: cool melody, piano lifts it, soprano sax flies, drum jam
4. 4:37 – weak intro, but a fine vocal duet saves it
5. 7:17 – stylish midtempo: walking theme, then flying flute & sax fantasy
6. 8:57 – percussion showcase: builds a wall, falls back, then a stronger wall
7. 6:48 – tight sound, just the right mix of rhythmic drive and melodic fluidity
8. 6:04 – lively mix of rumba and bomba rhythms, really heats up in the middle
9. 6:03 – thoughtful groove: flute drives, other solos are pensive, faster at end
10. 4:44 – a catchy little riff anchors this descarga jam; baritone sax gets hot
11. 7:00 – funeral march into wild celebration; with Steve Turre on trombone!

[ Fo ] 05/14/11

Track Listing
1.He Was One Of Us 6.Resistencia
2.La Rumba Me Lleva 7.The Sense Of Now
3.El Esqueleto Rumbero 8.Refraneando
4.No Soy Combatiente 9.Siete Cuevas
5.Pop's Brim 10.Ponme A Gozar
 11.Carnaval S.F.