The Charleston Gazette:
...if you closed your eyes for a few minutes, you might have thought you were in Havana in 1950.
...solid musicianship, the right dash of sabor, and a refreshing absence of self-indulgence.
Latin Beat Magazine:
...What would this world be like without any percussion instruments? For some, life would be the same as always, but it wouldn't be the same for others who regard said instruments as the musical bloodline to the soul.
Latin jazz would be virtually non-existent without it, as documented in the music recently recorded by Sammy Figueroa, Chembo Corniel, Bobby Sanabria, Poncho Sanchez, Nils Fischer, Francisco Mela, Eg|i Castrillo, Bobby Matos, John Santos, Rolando Matias, Ignacio Berroa, Dafnis Prieto, Mayra Casales, David Mora, Marlon Simsn, Tito de Gracia, Paoli Mejmas, and countless more.
The Other Paper:
...anyway, people were having more fun on the other side by the river Sunday, where the Afro-Rican Ensemble had'em on their feet,...
With its full spread of Latin Percussion, the band attracted record attendance, absolutely shaking the crowd with its hypnotizing Latin swing.
The Latin Jazz Corner
Live Volume One:
...traditional jazz musicians have spent decades building, destroying, and reconstructing the harmonic foundation of jazz