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Mela, Francisco / Cuban Safari / Tree Of Life
Album:Tree Of Life Collection:Jazz
Artist:Mela, Francisco / Cuban Safari Added:10/2011
Label:Half Note 

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Add Date:2012-02-05 Pull Date:2012-04-08 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:8 Apr1 Apr18 Mar11 Mar4 Mar26 Feb19 Feb12 Feb
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Album Review
Be Sharp
Reviewed 2012-01-29 
Oh my, this is good. Modern (but not avant-garde) jazz with Afro-Caribbean influences. Combines terrific drumming (by Mela), solid horns, Hancock-ish electric piano, and occasional vocals. Instrumental (save # 4, 6, 10).

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1 ** Fast, high energy. Mostly led by strong sax. Good piano break in middle. (3:55)
2 *** Mid, then fast. Hot guitar and piano solos. Somewhat dissonant and adventurous. (5:48)
3 ** Mid tempo. Piano intro, then horns. Funky synth. Syncopated drums. (3:36)
4 **** Wooden flute begins, piano takes over. World-music feel (Latin American and Amer-Indian). Male and female (Esperanza Spalding) non-verbal singing (la la lay lo). Great! (4:48)
5 **** Awesome jazz-rock fusion. Wild drumming. Tenor sax and electric guitar lead. (5:14)
6 Very slow. Hoagy Carmichael classic. High male vox with Latin accent. Singing is sweet but not particularly good. For fun, compare to The Stones’ version. (5:32)
7 **** Mid fast. Soulful, funky, jazzy. Manic drumming and very cool electric piano back long improv solos from various saxophones. Reminded me of Weather Report. (6:03)
8 * Slow. Mellow improv on guitar. Gentle drumming. (2:10)
9 *** Afro-Latin percussion extravaganza plus strange modal, electric sounds. Olé! (4:04)
10 *** Slow ballad to start. Male singing in Spanish is better than #6. Shift up to fast, modern improv on piano and tenor sax. Wind down with slow piano. Restate the vocal theme. (8:16)

Track Listing
1.Retrograde 6.The Nearness Of You
2.Africa En Mis Venas 7.Yo Me
3.Toma Del Poder 8.Just Now
4.Yadan Mela 9.Fiesta Conga
5.Classico Mela 10.Gracias A La Vida