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Tenor saxophonist/violinist Jose "Chombo" Silva was supposed to record with Jerry Gonzalez's Fort Apache Band, but a stroke in 1994 ended his career and (a year later) his life. Rumbajazz is a tribute to the late Chombo, consisting mostly of songs that he had previously recorded (including "Perfidia," "Perdido," "Mongorama," and "Guajira at the Blackhawk") plus a few tributes. Victor Payano and David Sanchez are heard on tenors, Ricardo Davia Canino plays violin on one song, and the other musicians include bassist Andy Gonzalez, trumpeter Jerry Gonzalez, and various percussionists. There are also two trios by the Gonzalez brothers and drummer Jimmy Rivera. A lightly swinging set of melodic music.

Biography

Born: 05 June 1949 in New York City, New York, USA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Jerry Gonzalez has taken a global view of jazz in creating his unique brand of improvised music. While his trumpet and flügelhorn reflect the influence of Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie, his personal cultural roots have given him a natural understanding of Afro-Cuban rhythms. As he explained to The Detroit News, "I am bilingual — I speak Spanish and English. I can play the blues and I can play the rumba." Launching his musical career in 1970 as a member of Dizzy Gillespie's band, Gonzalez...
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