(Cintron Band)
Recorded live at The Mohegan Sun Hotel and Casino in 2006, this recording captures the New Jersey-based band Cintron at their best. Led, produced and arranged by timbalero Edgardo A. Cintrón, this big band composed of five horn players, three percussionists, three vocalists, piano, bass and guitar, plays a balanced mix of salsa, Latin jazz, and popular dance music capable of pleasing most audiences. The highlights of this live performance are the selections Manteca (Dizzy Gillespie and Chano Pozo classic), Vamonos Pal Monte (Eddie Palmieri composition), and the Tito Puente classic Picadillo. Closing the recording is a 2010 studio recording bonus track of the Michael Jackson mega-hit Human Nature arranged to a salsa style with bilingual lyrics. There are praiseworthy solos throughout this live performance by Edgardo Cintrón (timbal), Angel Velez (trumpet), and David Colón (piano/keyboards). —Rudy Mangual



courtesy By Elliott Simon
Among the top working timbaleros on the Latin/jazz scene, Edgardo Cintron has joined with his Azuca Band to release a CD that exquisitely merges the two musics while remaining true to the soul of both traditions. From Fathers to Sons: Old School Clave packs plenty of punch with an eleven-piece orchestra that swings as well as salsas, and features a rhythm section that doesn’t let up. A mix of ballads, standards and exceedingly danceable salsa, the session is heavy on the latter.
The festive opener, “Azuca,” sets an immediate tone of precise and complex Latin rhythms, combined with David Colon’s jazzier piano work. Trumpeter Angel Velez plays a commanding horn throughout and shines on the more traditional cuts, such as “China/Tumbao Y Bongo,” the sweet “Cochero” and the dual closers “Vamonos Guajira” and “Vamonos Pal Monte.”
The oft-presented “Ojos Verdes” is given a touching ballad treatment here with appropriately demure muted trumpet and delicious vocals. Strayhorn’s “A Train” flys off the tracks to Puerto Rico and then spends “A Night in Tunisia,” where Dizzy’s classic is made even worldlier with a fresh infusion of Latin rhythm. Salsa rules on the fiery “Bilongo.” “Family,” the session’s thematic piece, is an achingly smooth paean to past, present and future.
Based in New Jersey, Cintron and the Azuca Band are well known among fans of the Cape May Jazz Festivals and for their multiple appearances at Connecticut’s Mohegan Sun Casino. With this release they show they are up to the standards of the top Latin/jazz bands in the country. In the tradition of Puente, Palmieri and Barretto, Cintron doesn’t sacrifice the rhythm while giving his musicians plenty of room to solo and explore.

Singer: Edgardo To. Cintron & The Azuca band
Album: From Fathers To Sons…
Date: 26/02/2007

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Edited by: Roberto Rabbi


Review by Latin Lady Dj Margarita for WWW.VINILEMANIA.NET

Edgardo A. Cintron & The Azuca Band serve up a heaping portion of treasured favorites with their most recent release, From Fathers To Sons - Old School Clave.

From the very first time I heard their interpretation of "Suavecito", I immediately entered my own past (musically), to a time back in the days of my own unfolding as a teenager, living in San Francisco and being surrounded by great bands such as Tower of Power, Santana, Malo and the likes. This was "home" for me!

Born in 1958 to Puerto Rican parents, Edgardo was exposed to music from a very early age. In 1962 his father Pablo, moved them from Fort Riley, to the East Coast. It was here that "dad", who was a musician in his own right, (guitarist) was able to perform along with greats like Tito Puente, Charlie Parker & Carlos Santana. At the ripe age of 12, Edgardo was playing with in his father's band along dad as percussionist, traveling, and being exposed to renown musicians such as Yomo Toro and more.

From Fathers To Sons - Old School Clave represents the gifts we leave behind, the lessons learned, the culture lived, the love felt and so much more. It was Edgardo's own father who tutored him musically, with guitar, French horn and percussion. The essence of "From Fathers To Sons".

The cd in its entirety can be view as "Old School" and the "Clave" is pretty much self explanatory. I simply loved every single track on this album. From the first interpretation of "Azuca" to the jammin' "Vamonos Pa' Monte", From Fathers to Sons - Old School Clave has it all, the heartfelt romance in "Ojos Verdes" (aka: "Tus Ojos"), simply oozes with perfection, the jazzy A-Train will literally have you on the floor hoping it's an extended track, you definitely want more of this! Additional tracks include favorites such as Bilongo, Pare Cochero, Guantanamera, Vamonos Guajira, Picadillo, China Tumbao y Bongo, Family, and A Night in Tunisia, (another great Dizzy selection).

From Fathers To Sons - Old School Clave is the most recent production with Edgardo A. Cintron & The Azuca Band. This album is all about heart and soul and its a wonderful tribute to "dads" everywhere. Especially those fathers who were around and who instilled in us a love and appreciation for music, so strong that it continues to shine through everyday of our lives. This gift was passed down From Fathers To Sons". We now pass it to you. Keep it shining!

Meet the members: Edgardo A. Cintron: timbales, congas, guira, cowbell; Noel Cintron: congas, vocals; Angel Velez: Trumpet, vocals; David Colon: Piano, bass, lead vocals; Gilberto Cruz, Jr.: baritone sax; Humberto Alicea: trombone; Papo Buda: bongos, cowbell, guira; Jimmy Lopez: piano, bass, vcals; Roosevelt Walker Jr.: guitar William Murray: piccolo, soprano and tenor sax; Michael Pedicin Jr.: tenor sax; Edwin Centeno: bongo, cowbell, guiro

You can listen to recorded samples as well as purchase their cds online on their website:

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