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March of the Jazz Guerillas

Artist:   Babatunde Lea

Style Released Album Tracks Charts
Latin Jazz 2000 9 0


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01  March of the Jazz Guerrillas
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6:30 romping, gospel influenced theme song
02  Descarga Para Ginny
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3:42 a salute to the mambo kings
03  Back On Track
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8:04 the bass sets the tone and pace
04  The Creator Has A Master Plan
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9:57 ..and so does Tunde, features bata intro
05  Baldwin's Fire
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5:23 fast latin grooves segue to swinging solos
06  Na Iwosan (The Healing)
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5:29 introspective 6/8 mood piece
07  Nature Boy
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8:07 soulful lead by Richard Howell
08  In Tune With Tune-day
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7:02 modern inspirational piece
09  Abuse of Reality Mambo
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10:26   bass/congas latin groove w/ swinging piano/horns
Traditional jazz and folkloric latin rhythms find intense interplay on this percussionist led production.
Total time = 1:04:37 (hh:mm:ss).

For his debut Ubiquity Jazz album, "March of The Jazz Guerrillas", Babatunde assembled a heavyweight list of guests to make his point. Hilton Ruiz plays piano--Ruiz appeared on Babatunde's 1996 recording, "Level of Intent". Alex Blake is on bass--Babatunde and Blake play together in Pharaoh Sanders' band. Two master percussionists, Bill Summers and Munyungo Jackson, join Babatunde to add rhythmic layers to the mix; and talented West Coast saxophonist and vocalist Richard Howell rounds out the sound.
This exciting set by percussionist Babatunde Lea ranges from Afro-Cuban jazz to interplay by the three horn players that is reminiscent of Charles Mingus' bands. There is no letup in the intensity and passion, even on slower numbers, and the use of repetition is inspired, never outlasting its welcome. Pianist Hilton Ruiz, trumpeter Kahlil Shaheed, and trombonist Angela Wellman all have their spots, but tenor saxophonist Richard Howell takes honors among the sidemen, not just for his solos but for his vocalizing on a few numbers, particularly "The Creator Has a Master Plan" and "Nature Boy." The stirring ensembles and heated rhythms make this a particularly memorable outing that is highly recommended. -- Scott Yanow All Music Guide