- Released: June 19, 2001
- Originally Released: 2001
- Label: Blue Note Records
Personnel: Manolo Badrena (vocals, percussion); Carlos Emilio Morales (guitar); Dave Valentin (flute); Rom n Fili£, Cesar Lopez (alto saxophone); Alfredo Thompson, Alfred Thompson (tenor saxophone); Jose Miguel Crego (trumpet, trombone); Mario Fernandez, Reynaldo Meli n Alvarez (trumpet); Gonzalo Rubalcaba (piano, synthesizer); Eliane Elias, Chucho Vald‚s (piano); Felipe Cabrera (electric bass); Enrique Pl , Ra£l P¡¤eda Roque, Satoshi Takeishi (drums); Roberto Vizcaino Guillot (congas, cowbells); Giovanni Hidalgo (congas, percussion); Andres Negrin Miranda (congas); Jos‚ Miguel Mel‚ndez (timbales).
Recording information: Abdala Studios, Havana, Cuba; Avatar Studios, New York, NY; Klang Studio, Leyh, Germany; McClear Pathe Stuio, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Studio Egrem, Havana, Cuba; System Two Studio, Brooklyn, NY; Woodstock Karuizawa Studios, Japan.
Afro-Cuban Jazz Now is an acceptable overview of the Afro-Cuban jazz roster Blue Note employed at the turn of the century. All of these are album cuts, and nothing here is extraordinary in and of itself, though all of it points to the strengths of these artists and to their own offerings in particular. The budget price makes it an attractive sampler. ~ Thom Jurek