For their second outing, leader Dave Chamberlain assembled nine trombones, a tight rhythm section and nine spanking new tunes. According to Dave, “For the second CD we wanted to find our own voice and all of the charts are new.”
The recording opens and closes with timeless Latin classics, Dizzy Gillespie and Chano Pozo’s Manteca and Juan Tizol’s Caravan and there’s much to like in between, such as Slidin’ featuring trombonist Dale Turk and Hendrik Meurkens on the harmonica and Steve Turre’s V.O., a tune he composed during his tenure with Slide Hampton and never recorded.
Considering the fact that Caravan is an independent project with virtually no backing it’s doing remarkably well. Thanks in part to WBGO radio show host Gary Walker Caravan has received a considerable amount of air-play. Also, credit goes to the players, whose musicianship and sense of swing make Caravan an intriguing and pleasurable experience.
Good News! Caravan has been on the Jazz Week charts for 12 weeks and is currently topping out at #20. Also, Dave tells me that there is enough material in the vaults for 3 CD’s. Expect great things from Band of Bones in the future.
Tracks: 1. Manteca 2. Slidin’ 3. Lament 4. El Grito De La Culebra 6. Mr. Johnson 7. V.O. 8. How Deep is the Ocean 9. Caravan.
Personnel: Leader, trombone, flute: Dave Chamberlain, Trombone: Charley Gordon, Dara Jacovino, Nate Mayland, Matt Mc Donald, Mark Patterson, Chris Rinaman, Bass Trombone: Max Seigel, Dale Turk, Piano: Kenny Ascher, Bass: Jerry DeVore, Drums: Make Campenni, Congas and Percussion: Chembo Corniel, Vocals: Kat Gang.