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Chembo Corniel's Latin Jazz Quintet at Dizzy's Club "Coca-Cola", After Hours
1st July 2009 - New York
by Roberta Zlokower
photo courtesy by Roberta Zlokower

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Chembo Corniel Latin Jazz Quintet
Chembo Corniel
on Congas
Elio Villafranca on Piano
Carlo De Rosa on Acoustic Bass
Vince Cherico on Drums
Ivan Renta on Tenor Saxophone
Steve Turre (Guest) on Trombone

Frederick P. Rose Hall
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola
Broadway at 60th Street
Todd Barkan, Programming Director
Scott Thompson, Press

The Tropical Latin mood emanated immediately through this Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola After Hours set. This music is rhythmic, earthy, energized, and enchanting. Chembo Corniel has brought his Grupo Chaworo, a musical ensemble of five, plus a guest trombonist, and the first piece drives the imagination, thanks to the virtuosity and verve of these artists. Elio Villafranca has been reviewed in this magazine, both in concert and recording, and Vince Cherico was reviewed at Rose Theater, as was Ivan Renta. Carlo De Rosa was reviewed in Chembo Corniel's August 2007 tribute to Todd Barkan, on his birthday. Tonight's Guest, Steve Turre, was also featured in a CD review.

Ivan Renta's early set sound shimmered on soprano sax, in a piece that ended on sharp percussion. Another piece, composed by Elio Villafranca and Colombian pianist, Hector Martignon, showcased a long, luscious piano riff, accompanied by congas, drums, and bass. When Ivan Renta returned onstage, his tenor sax soared with sparkling clarity. A shimmy and shake moment had arrived in the Club, and the music bounced off the wall. In fact, I saw Dizzy's guests bouncing in their seats, unable to remain still. Ivan and Elio switched leads on the theme, before Elio finished the piece in enticing phrases. The next piece, the title track of Chembo's new CD, Things I Wanted To Do, exploded in a blast of Latin fireworks, before Carlo De Rosa and Steve Turre took riffs on bass and trombone. The percussive combination of Vince Cherico's drums and Chembo's congas shaped the clavé rhythms into iconic form. Check the Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola Website for future dates and artists.

photo courtesy by Roberta Zlokower

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