Grupo Los Santos: Lo Que Somos Lo Que Sea
2007: Grupo Los Santos
Paul Carlon on Tenor Saxophone
Pete Smith on Electric and 9 String Guitars
David Ambrosio on Acoustic Bass
William Beaver Bausch on Drum Set
Max Pollak on Rumba Tap
Media: Jazz Promo Services
Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
July 29, 2013
This CD is a thrilling mélange of Brazilian, Haitian, and Latin American sound, with vibrant rhythms that beg one to dance. The ensemble’s musicians are the composers, and each track brings a new mood, a new tropical image, and a musical breeze that warms the soul.
#1 – Rumba In the Bronx – Composed by W. Bausch. With the motif of Rumba, a tap-tap is heard, thanks to Max Pollak on “Rumba Tap”, with a gorgeous undulating theme on Paul Carlon’s tenor sax. William Bausch is busy on drums, providing rolling, rich rhythms, while David Ambrosio fills each phrase with earthy bass strings. Pete Smith on rapturous guitar shares the Rumba with Carlon on sax.
#2 – A Dança Dos Santos – Composed by P. Carlon. Here we are treated to Brazilian Samba extraordinaire, with generous solos for Carlon on sax and Ambrosio on bass. This track is a virtual trip to Rio, with compelling timbre and tonality. The musicians seem to be truly enjoying their performance.
#5 – Absurdities & Atrocities – Composed by W. Bausch. This is one of my favorite track, with languid, sultry repetitions, accented by the bass and sax. Smith’s guitar has a solo that almost seemed primed for a club at midnight, bluesy and breezy.
#6 – Manna – Composed by P. Carlon. A mix of jazz and Samba, this track has energy and ebullience. Carlon on sax and Smith on guitar lead the theme, while drums and bass add the driven, danceable tempo.