Los Hombres Calientes
represent the sound of New Orleans in the new millennium. Their compositions and delivery are joyful and exuberant.
Trumpeter Irvin Mayfield
and percussionist Bill Summers
offer their fifth CD as Los Hombres Calientes for Basin Street Records. Volume 5: Carnival
is their first release in two years. The two are recipients of numerous music awards including a Grammy and Billboard Music Award.
Both Summers and Mayfield love to blend African, Cuban, European and Latin American styles creating an explosive and exciting musical treasury. The leaders lend their compositional and arranging talents to every recording session. Their names appear on the composer credits for most of the 19 songs on this disc.
The tunes on Carnival
are based upon themes from Congo, Cuba, West Africa to the strains heard in New Orleans’ Congo Square. The latter includes Crescent City musicians like trumpeter Kermit Ruffins
, drummer Keith Frasier
and tuba player Philip Frasier
. The famed John Boutte
takes the vocal while Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews
handles the tailgate stuff.
Other tracks showcase a dozen or more guests including Steve Walker, George Porter Jr., Ricky Sebastian and vocalist Philip Manuel. Carnival
is nothing less than we have come to expect from Los Hombres. It’s a happy journey that’s loaded with hot solos and crackling percussion.