Cubanismo! Mardi Gras Mambo: Cubanismo! in New Orleans
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- Released: August 21, 2000
- Label: Hannibal
Entertainment Weekly - 9/1/00, p.80"...Open-minded listeners will succumb to the album's hybrid charms....fusing Cuban 'sabrosura' with Cajun soul..." - Rating: B+
CMJ - 8/28/00, p.3"...A concept record as simple and well-conceived as red beans and rice, spiced with sizzling brass and unrelenting polyrhythms..."
JazzTimes - 12/00, p.130"...With strong vibrant flavors from the same musical stock, this new millenium gumbo is a tasty delight."
- 1.Marie LaVeaux
- 2.Mother in Law
- 3.Paso en Tampa
- 4.Medley: Shallow Water Suite: Shallow Water / Iko Iko / Shallow Water Rhumba
- 5.Mardi Gras Mambo
- 7.It Do Me Good
- 8.Alemany's Boogaloo
- 9.Rampart Street Rumba
- 10.Nothing up My Sleeve
- 11.Gumbo Son
Cubanismo!: Rolo Martinez, Rafael Duany (vocals); Efrain Rios (guitar, tres, background vocals); Jorge Maza (flute); Jesus Alemany, Jose Jerez, Carlos Alvarez (trumpet); Nachito Herrera (piano); Roberto Riveron (bass); Alberto Hernanadez (bongos, cowbell); Tomas "Panga" Ramos (congas, claves); Emilio Del Monte (timbales); Carlos Godinez (claves, cowbell, guiro, maracas).
Additional personnel includes: Donald Harrison (vocals, alto saxophone); Raphael Duany, John Boutte (vocals); Clarence Johnson III (alto & tenor saxophones); Yosvany Terry (alto saxophone); Tony Dagradi (baritone saxophone); Craig Klein (trombone, tuba); Glenn Patscha (piano, Hammond B-3 organ); Herlin Riley (drums).
Producers: Jesus Alemany, Joe Boyd, Mark Bingham.
Recorded at The Boiler Room, New Orleans, Louisiana. Includes liner notes by Arsenio Rodriguez Scull & Joe Boyd.
This album is the product of Cubanismo's self-professed love of New Orleans, also the city in which the band held its first concert. Jesus Alemany arranges the works here for his band in conjunction with a number of New Orleans resident players and singers. The result is often good, though it can be seemingly plagued by competition between the two major rhythmic thoughts, with the Cubans occasionally overpowering the residents or vice versa. In general, the best works are the ones written specifically for this project, with some of the more standard numbers falling by the wayside. The rap number also fails to some degree, with perhaps too many styles represented in a single work. Overall though, almost anything coming from Alemany's musical genius is worth listening to, and this is worthwhile as such, though perhaps mildly inferior to the purely Cuban albums (Cubanismo, Reencarnacion). ~ Adam Greenberg
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