Bobby Sanabria Big Band Urban Folktales


  1. 57th St. Mambo
  2. Pink
  3. Since I Fell For You
  4. D Train
  5. El Lider
  6. El Ache De Sanabria En Moderacion
  7. Besame Mucho
  8. The Crab
  9. O Som Do Sol
  10. Blues For Booty Shakers
  11. The Grand Wazoo
  12. Obrigado Mestre


Bobby Sanabria – Arranger, Drums, Marimba, Vocals (bckgr), Choir, Chorus, Handclapping, Producer, Vibraphone, Executive Producer, Vocal Arrangement, Mixing, Concept, Soloist, Screams, Caja, Percussion Arrangement, Shouts
Peter Brainin – Kazoo, Sax (Soprano), Soloist
Kevin Bryan – Trumpet, Kazoo, Lead
Justin Davis – Trumpet, Kazoo, Soloist
Joe Fiedler – Trombone, Arranger, Kazoo, Soloist, Trombone Arrangement, Lead
Alex Hernandez – Kazoo, Vocals, Bass (Acoustic), Soloist
Gene Jefferson – Choir, Chorus
Ricardo S. Pons – Flute, Kazoo, Sax (Baritone), Vocals (bckgr), Choir, Chorus, Handclapping, Soloist, Prayers
Christian A. Rivera – Conga, Kazoo, Vocals
Ray Santos – Arranger
Tim Sessions – Trombone, Kazoo, Soloist
Charenoe Wade – Vocals, Scat, Soloist
Chris Washburne – Arranger, Kazoo, Trombone (Bass), Soloist


Bobby Sanabria continues the tradition of creating exciting Latin jazz in a big-band setting with this outstanding release. Long after daring to ask to sit in with the legendary Tito Puente (while only a teenager), the veteran percussionist put together a memorable session by recruiting outstanding musicians and encouraging them to write for the band, along with adding a few compelling charts of his own. One can immediately feel the energy as trumpeter Michael Philip Mossman and the leader make their presence felt in the brassy opener, “57th St. Mambo,” written by Mossman. Bass trombonist Chris Washburne wrote the slinky “Pink,” which fuses several styles and suggests young men strutting their stuff down South Beach in Miami Beach. The band also successfully delves into a pair of Hermeto Pascoal’s works (the dreamy “O Som do Sol” and the moody ballad “Obrigado Mestre”) and a very fresh take of the often pedestrian “Besame Mucho,” featuring an effective vocal by Hiram “El Pavo” Remon. But the big surprise is a driving Afro-Cuban arrangement of rocker Frank Zappa’s big-band piece “The Grand Wazoo,” which retains enough elements of the original while adding plenty of Latin spice.
— Ken Dryden, All Music Guide