Brian Lynch: Madera Latino ("Latin Wood") [2CD set]

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A Latin Jazz Interpretation on the Music of Woody Shaw

by Brian Lynch

Hollistic MusicWorks (2-CD Set)
Release Date: Sep. 26, 2016 

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Brian Lynch, trumpet
Sean Jones, trumpet
Dave Douglas, trumpet
Michael Rodriguez, trumpet
Etienne Charles, trumpet
Diego Urcola, trumpet
Josh Evans, trumpet
Philip Dizack, trumpet
Bryan Davis, trumpet
Zaccai Curtis, piano
Luques Curtis, bass
Obed Calvaire, drums
Pedrito Martinez, timbales, congas
Little Johnny Rivero, congas, percussion
Anthony Carrilo, bongo, campana
Produced by Brian Lynch
All music arranged by Brian Lynch
Associate Producer: Woody Shaw III


Zoltan (feat. Dave Douglas, Etienne Charles & Diego Urcola)
Sweet Love of Mine (feat. Michael Rodriguez)
Time Is Right (feat. Sean Jones & Philip Dizack)

Just a Ballad for Woody
In a Capricornian Way (feat. Dave Douglas)
Blues for Woody and Khalid (feat. Sean Jones & Philip Dizack)
Tomorrow's Destiny (feat. Sean Jones)
Joshua C. (feat. Michael Rodriguez & Josh Evans)
On the New Ark (feat. Dave Douglas & Etienne Charles)
Song of Songs (feat. Michael Rodriguez & Josh Evans)
Madera Latino Suite (feat. Etienne Charles & Diego Urcola)

About Madera Latino:

Four years in the making, Grammy© Award winning trumpeter Brian Lynch’s “Madera Latino” (Latin Wood) project, exploring the music of jazz innovator and master trumpeter Woody Shaw in a Latin Jazz format, is finally ready for release on Hollistic MusicWorks!

The music of the late, great Woody Shaw (1944-1989) – an innovative and highly individual musical lexicon, expressed through both his chosen instrument of trumpet and his equally distinguished compositions – set a standard of excellence and modernity for Black American Music that has not been surpassed in the 50 years since he first came onto the jazz scene. Madera Latino is an exploration of this giant’s music as viewed through the lens of authentic Afro-Caribbean rhythm and framed by the loving treatment of his compositions in virtuosic Latin Jazz style by Grammy© Award winning trumpeter Brian Lynch. It is also a heartfelt tribute to the genius of Woody by a all star lineup of today’s top trumpeters: Lynch, Sean Jones, Dave Douglas, Diego Urcola, Michael Rodriguez, Etienne Charles, Josh Evans, and Philip Dizack.

In trumpet combinations from duo to quartet, these eminent horns explore Shaw classics including In A Capricornian Way, Tomorrow’s Destiny, Zoltan, Song Of Songs, Sweet Love Of Mine, and more, along with two original pieces – one a extended suite – written by Lynch in salute to the profound influence Woody has had on him as a player and composer.

The band for Madera Latino fulfills the promise of Lynch’s audacious concept with élan, precision, and joyous creativity. Percussionists Pedrito Martinez and Little Johnny Rivero, along with bassist Luques Curtis, were integral to the success of Lynch’s 2006 CD Simpático, a Grammy@ Award winner in the Latin Jazz category. Add drummer Obed Calvaire, percussionist Anthony Carrillo, and pianist Zaccai Curtis, and a mighty rhythm section emerges to spur and challenge the trumpeters to their utmost efforts in praise of Shaw.

“The combination of Woody’s music and the Afro-Caribbean clave concept was always a natural to me. I’m very happy, after many years of thinking about this idea, to finally be able to actualize this tribute to my musical hero, Woody Shaw, in the distinguished company of these amazing trumpeters and my musical family.” —Brian Lynch

“I am very proud of what Brian has done with this project, and particularly of the depth of sincerity and the meticulousness with which he has treated the re-interpretation of Woody Shaw’s original works within the Afro-Latino idiom. My respect and gratitude go out to the musicians on this recording for keeping the spirit of this music – and of one of its last great innovators – alive and strong in the 21st century.” —Woody Shaw III