Perico Sambeat (fl, as), Brad Mehldau (p), Mark Turner (ts), Michael Leonhart (tp), Kurt Rosenwinkel (g), Joe Martin (b), Jorge Rossy, Jeff Ballard (d), Enric Canada, Guillermo McGuill (perc), Enrique Morente (vcl)
Bar code: 8427328420419
01. A Free K 9:56
02. Ademuz 8:33
03. Tu Rostro Oculto 8:17
04. Expedición 9:03
05. La Noche De Lemuria 6:07
06. Porta Do Ferro 7:17
07. Barri De La Coma 6:22
Total time: 55:35 min.
All compositions by Perico Sambeat
Perico Sambeat (flute, alto sax); Brad Mehldau (piano); Mark Turner (tenor sax); Michael Leonhart (trumpet); Kurt Rosenwinkel (guitar); Joe Martin (bass); Jordi Rossy, Jeff Ballard (drums); Enric Canada, Guillermo McGuill (percussion); Enrique Morente (vocals).
Recorded in Valencia, Spain, in August & November 1995
Sound engineer: Fernando Brunet
Produced by Perico Sambeat
Executive producer: Jordi Pujol
"Perico Sambeat, an overlooked Spanish altoist and composer, recorded this album in 1995 with the help of future superstars Brad Mehldau, Kurt Rosenwinkel, and Mark Turner. Michael Leonhart, the underrated trumpeter, is the session's third horn. In the rhythm section are Joe Martin on bass, Jordi Rossy on drums, and both Guillermo McGill and Enric Canada on percussion. Enrique Morente contributes vocals on three tracks.
This is a fairly large ensemble, and the sounds on this record are, accordingly, huge. Sambeat's Latin jazz compositions present the listener with an unusually dramatic sweep, a breathtaking landscape of beautiful melodies, striking harmonic colors, churning, multi-layered rhythms, subtle dynamics, and brilliant solos. Morente's yearning, intense vocal performances lend an aura of heightened spiritual fervor. Overall, the first four tracks are the most ambitious particularly "Ademuz," with its hard-hitting, quasi-fusion groove and keyboard, electric bass, and overdriven guitar textures, all of which give way to an acoustic ambience as the tune progresses. The remaining three tracks are a bit more conventional, particularly "Barri de la Coma," the closing Latin romp based on rhythm changes with a modified bridge. Sambeat's flute and Leonhart's muted trumpet are nice touches on the shout chorus."
David R. Adler -All Music Guide