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Aguankó, the ensemble led by percussionist and composer Alberto Nacíf, is a talented group of Michigan based musicians who are steeped in the tradition of jazz infused son-salsa. In La Bicileta and Chiquita, for example, you might hear shades of Conjunto Libre or Eddie Palmieri's La Perfecta orchestra. And, like the Fort Apache Band, there are Afro-Cuban folkloric rhythms, as in the percussive rumba Elemental. The overall feel on Elemental is relaxed; the jazz is sophisticated, but accessible in essential ways. It's graced with a driving funk and sabor that comes only from years of developing a musical sensibility that speaks from both the heart and soul of the band members. With Paul Vornhagen, Javier Barrios, Patrick Prouty, Wesley Reynoso, Paul Finkbeiner, Russ Miller, Chris Smith, Alex Nacif and special guest percussionist José "Pepe" Espinosa. Top notch stuff, this. Very Highly Recommended.
Label: PKO Records
Manager: Pepe Espinosa
Bio: Conguero and composer Alberto Nacif brings together a group of superlative musicians to perform his original music. Alberto, Jose "Pepe" Espinosa (one of the best percussionists of his generation) , powerhouse timbalero Javier Barrios and young piano master Wesley Reynoso form the Latin core of ...See Full Bio
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