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SpanishEnglishGotas de Sabor - (Termidor) Released July 2013

CD Review: Gotas de Sabor by Magic Sax Quartet (Termidor 2013)
Review by Bill Tilford, all rights reserved 


North American listeners could be forgiven if they assumed that a group with a name like Magic Sax might be an "easy listening" group, but Juan Chacon's quartet, also known as the Cuarteto de Saxofones de Santiago, is Santiago's answer to the more famous (outside of Cuba) Habana Sax group.    In both groups, the saxophones are responsible for both the melody and the rhythm, and both use arrangements that are totally effective for this purpose.   The Cuarteto de Saxofones de Santiago was founded on July 4, 1995, and the group is a key part of Santiago's small but impressive (and growing) Jazz scene.  

Gotas de Sabor, which was nominated for a Cubadisco (Instrumental Music) in 2014,  is a beautiful combination of Cuban dance music, Jazz and elements of chamber music as it would be rendered by saxophones.   

Here is a nice video  of the Magic Sax Quartet in concert in the iris Jazz Club in Santiago in 2013 (this is not a video from the album,  but it captures their sound very well).

The CD, of course, has much cleaner audio and includes several interesting guest artists, among others Ivan Acosta, who also contributes a few of the compositions, and Germán Velazco and Alfred Thompson with saxophone solos.   

Recommended listening, doubly so if you love saxophones. Triply so for fans of Habana Sax. There are some differences, but if you like the one,  you will  love the other.

Songs

1. Lagrimas Negras (Miguel Matamoros)
2. Samba del bote (Joaquin Ernesto Burgos Osorio)
3. Balada para Lili (Ivan Acosta Ochoa)
4. Dialogos (Marcos Fernández)
5. El medico del piano (Jorge López Marín)
6. Latin Boulevard (Joaquin Ernesto Burgos Osorio)
7. Sueno de Ogun (Ivan Acosta Ochoa)
8. Cubaniando (Ivan Acosta Ochoa)
9. Montuno Hi Hat (Carlos Perrote)
11. Al fin dendra (Guido Alfonso Medina Rivera)
12. Mr. Guarapo (Joaquin Ernesto Burgos Osorio)

 

Personnel in Gotas de Sabor

Role - InstrumentName
Director, Soprano Sax Juan Chacón González
Alto Sax Julio Cesar González Simón
Tenor Sax  Rey Amaury Burgos Delis
Baritone Sax  Osnel Carbonell 
Guest Artists  Mayito Rivera (vocal 3); Germán Velazco (alto sax solo 4), soprano sax solo 5); Fabián Sirgado (guiro 6); Alfred Thompson (alto sax solo 7); Ivan Acosta Ochoa (flute solo 9); Maria Isabel del Prado Asuel (vocals 9); Nicolas Sigado Llanes (coros); Ernesto Burgos (bass clarinet solo 2)
Producers Detlef Engelhard, Nicolas Sirgado
Recording & Mix Engineer Ramón de la Paz Obregón
Mastering Engineer Johannes Wohleben
Recorded at  La Sala de Conciertos Dolores de Santiago de Cuba
Bill Tilford - Thursday, 28 January 2016, 03:21 PM