Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Hilton Ruiz - El Camino (The Road) 1988

01.West side blues
02.Come dance with me
03.Sometimes I
04.El camino (The road)
05.Message from the chief
06.Eastern vibrations.

Hilton Ruiz (piano)
Sam Rivers (tenor & soprano saxophones, flute)
Lew Soloff (trumpet)
Dick Griffin (trombone)
Rodney Jones (guitar)
Andy Gonzalez (bass)
Steve Berrios (drums, guiro)
Jerry Gonzales, Jose Alexis Diaz (congas, percussion)
Endel Dueno (timbales).
Recorded at Uptown Chelsea Sound, New York on October 15, 1987.

All songs written by Hilton Ruiz except "Come Dance With Me" and "Sometimes I" (Dick Griffin).
The follow-up to 1986's Something Grand finds pianist Hilton Ruiz using a similar group (including trumpeter Lew Soloff and Sam Rivers on tenor, soprano, and flute), but adding guitarist Rodney Jones and third percussionist Jerry Gonzalez. Ruiz contributed five of the six selections ("Come Dance With Me" is by trombonist Dick Griffin), and the music is advanced Afro-Cuban jazz that moves past bebop; in fact, the nearly 15-minute "Eastern Vibrations" is often quite free. Well worth exploring. ~ Scott Yanow
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