‘A Live Story’
Zumbatres drummer and bandleader Jose Duque has always maintained that the group’s Latin jazz formula works better in live settings than in the studio. That’s why a compilation of live recordings comprises the band’s final album.
That’s right, “A Live Story” marks the last CD that will ever come from the Zumbatres moniker. But the album is not a swan song for the Portsmouth-based band, which will continue to play live shows in the area. And the CD provides compelling motivation to go check out some of those gigs.
Four of the seven tracks on “A Live Story” were recorded live at the West End Studio Theatre in Portsmouth in July 2004, while the remaining three were recorded at The Press Room in Portsmouth in February 2006. The disc serves as a wistful retrospective, with excellent improvisational work on each instrumental composition. All but one of the tunes were written by Duque, a highly inventive, Venezuelan-born percussionist with a flair for jazz experimentation.
A number of local instrumentalists garnish the tunes—some upbeat and spicy, others slow and sultry—with imaginative solos and rhythmic accompaniment. Featured on the album are pianists Jeff Auger and Dan Shure, bassists Jesse Stern and Nate Therrien, guitarist Phil Sargent and saxophonist Chel Illingworth.
The music on this live CD immediately captivates, evoking vivid colors in the mind with its stew of Latin jazz, featuring unconventional meters and meandering sonic explorations. A fitting denouement.
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