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Danzaaj by Angel David Mattos

Angel David is a native of Boriquen and is a virtuoso piano player born with Latin rhythms in his blood. He has already performed with great jazzmen such as Bob Mintzer, Mike Stern, David Sanchez, and Jon Lucien.... crossing Berkley and leaving there many awards.

In Danzzaj, Angel David blends the Latin rhythm danza from Puerto Rico with the American jazz language. The results of this "marriage of two cultures" are totally delightful for everyone who has the Latino swing in their blood and even for those who do not. His arrangements are filled with colourful magic and "descargan" from the warm Latin-American rhythms. He's mastered the Latin-jazz language by mixing these worlds easily, just as he does so with rhythms.

"No me Toques" opens with a sweet, beautiful and wonderful Caribbean rhythm. Angel David is powerful, technically felicitous, en suite. The group immediately presents itself as a Latin jazz band, with chord changes and cool, smoldering solos. "Danza al Maestro" invites all to dance and for someone raised up in a Latin way, the desire is to get caught up in a somewhat warm "danzzaj...". "Tropical zone" is a wonderful song achieving great orchestration along with the master of alto sax, Bob Mintzer.

"Felices Días" gives Angel David the opportunity to really stretch out in his solo with bass player John Benitez holding onto the choruses with sharp corners everywhere. His constantly structured playing is in such wonderful tandem with Matos that the listener can feel "muy felíz".... .

"Spy Cat" is composed for Chick Corea, with Bob Mintzer opening, mastering chorus after chorus in tempo and then handing the space to Matos, who easily speaks softly in each chord and chorus. It sounds here as though Matos was born with a "Clavier" in his hands. Master Benitez improvises over the form leaving again the last step to Mintzer. This is one of the best tracks of the CD. Mintzer plays as the great jazzman he is and gives to this song all the wonderful dimensions Mattos certainly desires.

The cymbals and drums are in perfect combination with the piano and the tempo of Mintzer with Matos mastering the riff is a great achievement. It is just pure genius. "Margarita" touches the soul and the improvisations are in good form as is the last track "Point Of Reference."

This is definitely a release to please Latin groovers but it is also a release in which Mattos will delight audiences with his fingers all over his piano in the unique Borinquen way that he does. Angel David is a master piano player from Puerto Rico and known all over the Latin-jazz world; but his presence in the American jazz scene will continue to grow.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Angel David Mattos
  • CD Title: Danzaaj
  • Genre: Latin Jazz / Latin Funk
  • Year Released: 2005
  • Record Label: Sonicbids EPK ™
  • Tracks: No Me Toques, Danza al Maestro, Tropical Zone, Felices Días, Spy Cat (for Chick Corea), Margarita, El Bravo e.s. (for Eggie), Las Antillas, Maldito Amor, Point Of Reference
  • Musicians: Angel David Mattos (piano), Bob Mintzer (sax), John Benitez (bass), Antonio Sánchez (drums), Héctor Matos (drums)
  • Rating: Five Stars
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