Platter Chatter Aug/Sep/
To know what to expect from Sonando’s Tres, you need to take the
1-2-3-4 punch combination! That is, just let the band swing at you with
their first four tracks and you will understand completely what
producer/arranger/composer/pianist Fred Hoadley (busy musician!) and
his talented band want you to experience throughout this compelling
collection of Latin Jazz.
Track one (“Canción del Rio part 1”) is so warm and engaging
you’ll feel like you’re on a sailing adventure in the tropics. Fred
Hoadley sets this tone with his flowing undercurrent on the piano while
the horn section (trumpet, saxes, trombone) plays an enticing melody
propelling you forward with their relaxing winds.Then trombonist Chris
Stover and pianist Hoadley take turns expressing their contentment with
flowing on the river, in the warm wind, under the tropical sun. All
kept moving by the ubiquitous Latin rhythms provided by the nimble
But on track two (“Canción del Rio part 2”), just so you won’t
be lulled into thinking this is simply another breezy collection of
surf and sand music, composer Hoadley suddenly hits your sleepy
shoreline with a huge wave of hard bop energy breaking on the edge of
free jazz. All the horn players express themselves forcefully on top of
a driving Latin beat, pushing and overlapping their musical statements
for an extended period until what sounds like a furious squall over the
water suddenly drops into the peace and quiet of a few lingering piano
notes. Sonando surely flows, but they can definitely storm, too.
Track three (Donde Estabas Anoche”), takes us into a more sensuously
traditional Latin band sound featuring the distinctive timbre of the
tres, a Cuban stringed instrument similar to the mandolin but with a
much richer resonance of steel being plucked and vibrated. It’s a
stimulation sound that clearly proclaims this band’s Latin roots,
especially in Cuban musical forms and instrumentation. Highly
danceable, beautifully rigorous – you feel refreshed by the time their
musical energy slowly fades away.
Finally, track four (“Bombella”), comes on strong with a hard bop jazz
punch. Sonando can swing with authority! Impassioned soloing starts
with Hoadley on the piano followed by Jim Coile on tenor saxophone.
Then Richard Cole uses his supple soprano sax to thrust his musical
energy forward to the climax in a fine flourish of high notes. All on
an agile foundation of rhythmic and melodic lines from the horn and
percussion sections. A driving arrangement of this fine jazz
composition by Abdullah Ibrahim.
Sonando flows, rages, dances and swings. Four eloquent punches
indicative of what you can expect in various combinations and blends
during the rest of Tres. An impressive achievement by Fred Hoadley and
his stellar band members that should not be missed.