The Other Side
Chris Washburne

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Track Listing
1. Titorama
2. Mamborama
3. Deep Song
4. Methane Mambo
5. The Other Side
6. New Beginning
7. Now What?
8. Caonao
9. Hong Kong Mambo

Detailed Description / Musicians
Chris Washburne - trombone, tuba, percussion
Ray Vega - trumpet
John Walsh - trumpet
Ole Mathisen - tenor saxophone
Barry Olsen - piano
Harvie Swartz - bass
Vince Cherico - drums
Wilson "Chembo" Corniel - percussion
Bobby Sanabria - percussion
Renato Thoms - bongos, percussion
Max Pollak - tap dancer
Maiken Derno - Korean gong

Trombonist, composer, and arranger Chris Washburne originally conceived this second CD with the Syotos Band as a tribute to Latin jazz impresario Tito Puente. However, the great bandleader passed away before the project could get underway, so Washburne decided to record both his original compositions and several of Puente's for The Other Side. Nine excellent compositions form this great set with some of the best Latin jazz players on the New York scene. Several special guests join Washburne, including the dynamic Ray Vega, the former musical director of Tito Puente's band. Washburne's broad range of influences are fully present in his excellent trombone solo on "Titorama." Vega's powerful answers to John Walsh's trumpet calls are enough reason to take to the aisles and dance. "Mamborama," written by Puente in the early '60s, is re-arranged with an action adventuresque vamp and Washburne's bluesy, bebop solo that offers a host of surprises. George Cory's composition, "Deep Song," is a true reference to the other side of the leader's musicality. This standard, recorded originally by Billie Holiday, forms the emotional essence of the CD with its affecting introduction that segues into a Cuban guajira. Overall, this CD tops Washburne's debut, Nuyorican Nights, because of his deep, rich trombone essence, the band's very tight rhythm section, the excellent percussion magic of Bobby Sanabria, and the awesome horn charts and trumpet playing of Ray Vega, his sincere dedication to the memory of the great Tito Puente.

--Paula Edelstein
All Music Guide

  Available Items by Chris Washburne About Chris Washburne 

Website: http://www.chriswashburne.com

Chris Washburne is one of those rare musicians whose musical activities cross many styles and cultural borders. From early in his career he refused to be pigeon-holed as just being a jazz or classical player, but instead has continually pursued a diverse path. Chris is currently freelancing as a studio musician and performing trombone, bass trombone, tuba, didjeridu, and percussion with various classical, jazz, rock, and Latin groups in New York City. He also tours extensively with various groups and has concertized throughout the North America, Europe, Asian, Africa, South America, Central America, and the Caribbean.

Chris has performed with Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Mark Anthony, Gloria Estefan, Celine Dion, Celia Cruz, Muhal Richard Abrams, Ruben Blades, Roscoe Mitchell, Grady Tate, Jaki Byard, Duke Ellington Orchestra, Danilo Caymmi, Daniel Ponce, Ran Blake, Arturo Sandoval, Hilton Ru?z, Lawrence "Butch" Morris, Anthony Braxton, John Cale, Baba Olatunje, Candido, Freddie Cole, Leslie Uggams, Maria Schneider Big Band, Chico O'Farrill Dicapo Opera Company, Bang on a Can All- stars, American Microtonal Festival Chamber Orchestra, RMM Allstar Salsa Band, Regis Philbin, and the Dinosaur Annex under the direction of Gunther Schuller. He is a regular performing member with the Boston Art Quartet, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, SEM Ensemble, Sun Spits Cherries, Walter Thompson Big Band, Marie McAuliffe's Ark Sextet, Dadadah, The Last of the International Playboy's, and leader of S.Y.O.T.O.S., a Latin jazz group that features his original compositions.

He can be heard on the SYOTOS releases, Bobby Sanabria's Grammy nominated Big Band record "Live and in Clave," the BAQ's debut CD "The Fax" and Ray Vega's self-titled CD, all of which feature his original compositions and where he has received rave reviews. He also can be heard on the recordings of David Byrne, Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, The Barrio Boyz, Oscar D'Leon, Louie Ram?rez, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, Bang on A Can Allstars, Brian Lynch, Orlando Watusi y su cartel de la salsa, Nerissa, Raulin Rosendo, Danny Rojo, Yorman D'Leon, among many others.

He received his Bachelors of Music in classical trombone performance from the University of Wisconsin where he studied with William Richardson, Richard Davis, and Les Thimmeg. In 1988 he completed a Masters degree from the New England Conservatory in Third Stream Studies where he studied with John Swallow, Ran Blake, and Bob Moses. He was the winner of the 1988 New England Conservatory Graduation Concerto Competition. In 1985 he spent two months living in Zambia studying the traditional music of that region. In 1993 he received a Mellon Fellowship to travel to and explore the rich musical traditions of Cuba. In 1996 he received a Sinfonia Foundation grant to assist in the research for his dissertation. In 1999 he received his Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from Columbia University. His dissertation "New York Salsa" will be published as a book by Temple University Press in 2002. He has commissioned and premiered over twenty contemporary compositions for trombone. He currently holds a teaching position in the jazz department at the New School for Social Research and is an assistant professor at Columbia University.

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