Patato The Legend Of Cuban Percussion

Patato is a true pioneer in Cuban-American music. Perhaps the only Latin jazz percussionists who predated him were Chano Pozo and Tito Puente. He has worked with big names like Art Blakey, Randy Weston and Mario Bauza. He even redesigned the conga drum to make it more expressive, and it is his design that is manufactured by the largest percussion manufacturer in the world. Past 70, he has lost none of his vitality. The Legend Of Cuban Percussion is more than just a gentle jam session, it's a highly adventurous experiment that is as exciting a fusion of contemporary musicians and forms as the original Cubop revolution was some 50 years ago. This CD is a compilation of two Grammy-nominated CDs from the mid-'90s masterminded by San Fran producer Greg Landau. Landau has assembled an all-star cast who each play with great energy in the presence of the master Patato. In particular, Enrique Fernandez is a reed player who excels on three saxes and flute, influenced by the late Hamiett Bluiett in his powerful, avant-leaning style. Patato plays great, almost hummable lead lines on conga, and his sense of pacing will keep the listener riveted over a nine-minute slow cooked groove like "San Francisco Tiene Su Propio Son." This is the languid, sexy antidote to the frenetic meringue that dominates dance floors. (Six Degrees)