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ARTIST
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El Jazz Mexicano De Tino Contreras
FORMAT
CD

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JMAN 043CD JMAN 043CD
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RELEASE DATE
11/22/2011

Jazzman's never-ending mission to reveal the under-appreciated-yet-worthy-of-attention jazz masters around the world has now taken them far away and across the sea to Mexico. Not the first port of call you'd consider if you were looking for hard bop or modal jazz, but here they have found an incredible jazz drummer whose career has spanned over 5 decades, and who is still playing to this day. In that time, Tino Contreras has produced countless recordings, played innumerable live dates and performed with various jazz groups all around the world. Yet he is still relatively unknown, and probably Mexico's best-kept jazz secret. During his far-reaching travels over the years, all kinds of weird and wonderful sounds have come to influence the music of the imaginative Mexican jazzman. Hear Latinesque ritual chants on "Orfeo En Los Tambores," insane percussion on the high-tempo jazz-dance favorite "What Is This Thing Called Love," avant-garde experimentation with a psychedelic subframe on "Orbita," exotic waltz-time jazz on "Visnu" and religiously-themed chamber jazz with choir on "Credo," Santo" and "Gloria." Not only that, but noted influences from India, Egypt, Turkey and Brazil create a most fascinating jazz album, the likes of which you will most likely never have heard before. Jazzman tells the story of the maverick that is Tino Contreras, showcasing his unique and fascinating career with 16 tracks, a 12-page color CD booklet. Includes extensive original liner notes in both English and Spanish with comments from Tino himself.