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Label: VOF Recordings
Trk1 House Of Vibes; Trk2 Mister Snacky; Trk3 Bobby Land; Trk4 Those Venetian Blinds; Trk5 Clutch The Hutch; Trk6 Mambo Kings; Trk7 What's Up With This Moon; Trk8 Night Crawlers; Trk9 Fancy Free; Trk10 Qué Tal Tío (What's Up Uncle).
Mike Freeman: Vibraphone, Coro; Guido Gonzalez: Trumpet, Coro; Ian Stewart: Bass; Roberto Quintero: Congas, Guiro, Shakere; Joel Mateo: Drums, Campana.
Venetian Blinds is the latest in a line of clave-infused recordings Mike has produced over the past 18 years. Following Blue Tjade, his tribute to Cal Tjader, Venetian Blinds is a tip of the hat to Tito Puente and Bobby Hutcherson. When Tito Puente rolled his vibes in during the early days of the Palladium, people would say, “Here comes Tito with those venetian blinds!”— referring to the strung-together bars of the instrument. Four of the tracks on this recording were written for Tito Puente: “Those Venetian Blinds,” “Mambo Kings,” “Night Crawlers,” and “Qué Tal Tío” (What’s Up Uncle). Another three go out to the late vibraphonist and Jazz Master Bobby Hutcherson: “Clutch the Hutch,” “Bobby Land,” and “House of Vibes.” The all-new lineup for this outing features stalwarts of the New York Latin music scene: trumpeter Guido Gonzalez and conga master Roberto Quintero, along with up-and-coming players Ian Stewart on bass and Joel Mateo on drums.