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ISSAC at SFJAZZ
To celebrate his new album Issac Delgado is coming to SF JAZZ for 4 nights (August 15-18) with a huge band from Cuba that includes the great Elpidio Chappottín from NG La Banda, Yusef Díaz from Klímax and many other luminaries. This should be one of the most exciting weeks in the Bay Area in recent years.
Los Hermanos Arango
At Freight & Salvage Tonight (Friday)
La familia Arango really brought it to Kuumbwa tonight. It's an entirely different repertoire from what we heard at Ashkenaz two years ago and it's easily the farthest anyone has come towards integrating the full array of Afro-Cuban folkloric rhythms and singing into Cuban popular music. Cuban shows are often a smorgasbord - a little danzón, a little guaguancó, a little bolero, a little of everything.
This is not that.
Everything is seamlessly fused together into a powerful and original musical identity. Every song is a throbbingly danceable, hook-filled, harmonically interesting creation. The differences between songs--and there are plenty--are provided by shifting from arará to palo or from abakuá to batá, but nothing is derivative, nothing is gratuitous, and everything sounds like Los Hermanos Arango and nobody else. It has the harmonic interest of jazz, the rhythmic interest of folkloric music, and the raw drive of NG La Banda and North American R&B, but it's not any of these things. It's something new, and something that's been a long time coming. Don't miss it. Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, tonight, August 2. [Kevin Moore] [photos by Tom Ehrlich]
Los Hermanos Arango in Santa Cruz and Berkeley
Thursday at Kuumbwa - Friday at Freight & Salvage
Seminal timba bassist Feliciano Arango, founding member of NG La Banda, comes to the Bay Area for the second time with his jazz-folkloric-fusion group Los Hermanos Arango, featuring his siblings Ignacio on guitar, Eugenio on percussion and Cristina on vocals. They'll be at Kuumbwa Jazz Center on Thursday and Freight and Salvage on Friday. Click here for Tom's gallery from the group's performance at Ashkenaz in 2017.