Recordings / Mambo Influenciado

Cagoots Records, 2010

This recording, Mambo Influenciado, is about what influences and inspires me. Inside every musician is the unique cumulative experience of what we have heard, where we heard it, who played it, and how it makes us feel. We listen, we learn, and we assimilate. At times, we come by things indirectly or even mysteriously, but often our influences are more obvious. My teachers in Cuba inspired me in profound ways, and I honor them by passionately studying and playing what they shared. By blending their influence with a lifetime of playing and listening to jazz, I aspire to spread their inspiration beyond me.

I also learned a tremendous amount from the musicians on this recording. They have shown a hugely generous spirit in welcoming my ideas and inspiring new creative interpretations. Our music is a broad landscape of creativity and imagination that comes from our past, yet is also very much of the moment.

Named the August 2010 CD OF THE MONTH
from KUVO (Denver, CO)

TRACK LISTING:

  1. Ugetsu
  2. Highway One
  3. Melodious Funk
  4. A Time for Love (Piano Intro)
  5. A Time for Love
  6. The Island
  7. Invitation
  8. Let Me Count the Ways
  9. Mambo Influenciado
  10. Seven Steps to Heaven
  11. La Rumba de Pogo
  12. Power of Mind
  13. Chip’s Last Word

LISTEN TO SOUNDCLIPS:

  1. Ugetsu
  2. Highway One
  3. Melodious Funk
  4. A Time for Love (Intro)
  5. A Time for Love
  6. Let Me Count the Ways
  7. Mambo Influenciado
  8. Chip*s Last Word


MUSICIANS:

Chip McNeill – tenor saxophone
Jeff Helgesen – trumpet
John “Chip” Stephens – piano (1-4,5,8,9,10,12)
Joan Hickey – piano (6,7)
Josh Walden – bass
Craig Russo – drums (2,3,5,6,9), congas, güiro, chékere, other percussion, bongo
Jeff Magby – drums (1,7,8,10,12)
Nancy Kelly – vocals (6,7)

Listen to Craig Russo talk about Mambo Influenciado on WGLT’s Jazz Next Podcast

  1. Craig Russo on WGLT’s Jazz Next Podcast Part 1
  2. Craig Russo on WGLT’s Jazz Next Podcast Part 2


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