November 12, 2018. Bronx native Carlos Henriquez has been a force-to-be-reckoned with since he picked up a bass during middle school. He has toured and performed with some of the best. Now, on Dizzy Con Clave: Live from Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, the best are performing with Henriquez as the leader, paying homage to the great Dizzy Gillespie.
Dizzy Gillespie is known to be the American bridge to Afro-Cuban music, and Henriquez arranged these pieces to include different components of Latin jazz along with traditional jazz stylings that remain true to Dizzy’s sound. The All-Star octet truly delivers on each of these interpretations, and makes for a really technical, but fun, recording.
If you’ve ever heard of Dizzy Gillespie, then you’ll know most of the tunes. “A Night In Tunisia” is how the whole party gets started, and saxophonist Melissa Aldana brings the heat. “Groovin’ High” and “Manteca” highlight the mixing of Latin Jazz and Salsa, and, in true Dizzy fashion, Michael Rodriguez’ trumpet shines.
The rest of the horns include Terrel Stafford on trumpet, Marshall Gilkes on trombone. The rhythm section Manuel Valera on piano, Anthony Almonte playing congas, and Obed Calivaire on drums. This group delivers other Dizzy classics, like “Guarachi Guaro” and “Con Alma” according to Henriquez’ vision, and the sound is fresh, without being unconventional. . Listening to this will make you jealous of everyone who was able to attend the live recording at Dizzy’s.