Hamid Cooper: Caliente

LA based percussionist Hamid Cooper has put together another irresistible mix of latin and Afro Cuban tunes here. Armed with a simpatico team of Artis Ford/p, Bill James/fl-as-ss, Bill Mason/tp and Doug White-Mike Monty/b, Hamid provides a sizzling mix of timbales, congas, bongos and other things that go bump in the night on the earthy and sauntering “Shadi” as well as a Central American and sweaty “Caravan.” The mix of trumpet and woodwinds make some hot staccato rhythms on the percolating “Victoria Grace” and the sounds of the Caribbean saunter through the streets on “Ran Kan Kan.” Hints of the Middle East peep through with piano, alto sax and trumpet on “El Cumbanchero showing that a good groove knows no geographical limitations. Great sounds for a party mood.


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