[JPL] Tony Malaby / Cachao / NYTimes

r durfee rdurfee2003 at yahoo.com
Sat Dec 29 22:29:23 EST 2007


The great Cuban bassist Israel López, known as Cachao,
made a number of casually arresting recordings in
Havana in the late 1950s and early ’60s, a rich
documentation of a tradition of late-night jam
sessions, or descargas. Many of these recordings come
in at around three minutes; most of them pack an
irresistibly vital punch. So the nearly 40 tracks
gathered on “Descargas: The Havana Sessions” (Yemaya)
are essential to any understanding of Latin music and
its long interaction with jazz. Featuring quick-flash
contributions by a cadre of serious musicians —
including the pianist Orestes López, Cachao’s brother
— the performances sound era-specific but utterly

Tony Malaby

Within the last decade the tenor and soprano
saxophonist Tony Malaby has earned a reputation as one
of New York’s stalwart improvisers, through an array
of sideman appointments and some rigorously rewarding
albums. As a leader he favors trios, working often
with bass and drums. On “Tamarindo” (Clean Feed) the
bassist is William Parker, and the drummer is Nasheet
Waits, and both musicians bring a driving purpose to
the task. Meanwhile Mr. Malaby, simmering as often as
he squalls, coherently pushes the music forward.
Clearly this band, which has occasionally billed
itself as Tony Malaby’s Exploding Heart, should
continue working, even though Mr. Malaby has other
immediate plans: His next album will feature the
drummer John Hollenbeck and the cellist Fred
Lonberg-Holm, who also join him in performance at
Barbès on Wednesday and at the Cornelia Street Café on
Friday. (See tonymalaby.com.)


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