More Great Bay Area Salsa and Latin Jazz from Wayne Wallace, Rico Pabón,
The Pacific Mambo Orchestra and others
To be released September 16, 2014 on Patois Records
“There is a staggering array of exquisite music on Salsa de la Bahia Vol. 1.” – Raul da Gama, Latin Jazz Network
“Salsa de la Bahía offers a vivid introduction to Bay Area artists and bands captivated by clave.” – Andrew Gilbert, The California Report
“More then just a party record, Salsa De La Bahia is a historical recording of the vibrant world of the Salsa and Latin Jazz scene of the San Francisco Bay Area.”– CDBaby
Music that draws on its roots for nourishment is music that has the best chance to remain vital and strong. Latin jazz has thrived in San Francisco since the late 1950s, and Salsa de la Bahia vol. 2, Hoy y Ayer proves that it continues to evolve and flourish. The percolating rhythms, passionate improvisation and dynamic orchestration that characterize the best elements of the genre – as exemplified by such Bay Area legends as Cal Tjader, Armando Peraza, and Poncho Sanchez – can still be heard in noted artists and ensembles including Gladys “Bobi” Céspedes, Roger Glenn, Kat Parra, the Pacific Mambo Orchestra and Rico Pabon. Where the first volume of Salsa de la Bahia documented the recent era of 2000 to 2010, Volume 2 moves both backward and forward in time, covering the late 1980s up to 1999, and continuing on from 2010 to 2013, making the case all the while that Latin jazz, SF-style, is alive and well because it grows in well-nourished soil. The sheer amount of razor sharp ensemble playing, imaginative improvising, passionate singing and danceable rhythm making from all involved is staggering. That much of this marvelous music has not been heard outside of the city in which it was created makes Salsa de la Bahia vol. 2, Hoy y Ayer even more of an event.
Wayne Wallace, a noted Bay Area trombonist and Latin music scholar has played with everyone from Aretha Franklin, Santana and Max Roach to such premier units as the Pete Escovedo Orchestra, the Machete Ensemble, and Conjunto Céspedes. Leader of the five-time Grammy nominated Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet, Wallace is, in addition, the founder of Patois Records, as well as a highly respected producer. With Salsa de la Bahia vol. 2, Hoy y Ayer he has one again assembled a collection that highlights music renowned for its vibrant nature and inclusive vision. While the initial recording was meant as a soundtrack to the upcoming film, The Last Mambo, (conceived by Wallace and Dr. Rita Hargrave, and slated for a 2015 release) documenting the changing San Francisco Latin music scene, Volume 2 helps to fill in musical gaps both past and present. “It was important to give credit to the players and teachers who weren’t featured in the first
volume,” Wallace says. “So many significant artists have contributed to San Francisco Latin jazz over the years, we wanted to document as many as we could. Because there was still so much great music to be heard, and because Salsa de la Bahia had been such a success, a second volume was a no-brainer.”
The earliest artists featured on Volume 2 are the local legends, Orquesta Batachanga, Carlos Federico-Smart, Pete Escovedo and Orestes Vilató, heard with Los Kimbos 90. These performers and ensembles provide a dazzling picture of San Francisco Latin jazz at its most encompassing, as Bay Area artists welcomed exciting musical influences from Cuba. The contemporary artists include Wayne Wallace and his Latin Jazz Quintet; the singers Cecilia Englehart and Kat Parra, heard with the band, Tanaóra; the much admired vocalist Gladys “Bobi” Céspedes; the Grammy Award-winning multi-instrumentalist, Roger Glenn; La Mixta Criolla; Rico Pabón; the Grammy-winning, Pacific Mambo Orchestra and the all-star unit, Estrellas De La Bahia, led by Wallace and Edgardo Cambon.
“To be involved in the Latin jazz scene in San Francisco is to be brought into the whole community at large,” Wallace asserts. “The language, the food, the dance, the whole culture as it exists now and how it evolved – this is what makes the music live.”
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