(a momentary detour to let you know about my own project)
“Rumba Misterioso,” the first new track from Tampa’s long-running Acme Jazz Garage since the group’s self-titled debut, releases Jan. 24 on all digital platforms, via the Solar Grooves label.
(cover design by Chase Booth)
The song, one of several new original compositions by the band, is a modern Latin-jazz piece featuring catchy themes and dynamic solos by Matt Swenson on electric guitar and Bryan Lewis on acoustic grand piano. The tune’s grooving rumba rhythms are driven by double bassist Philip Booth (the song’s composer), drummer Pat Close and percussionist Michael Washington. Flutist Peggy Morris doubles melodies and brings creative fills to the party.
“Rumba Misterioso,” recorded, mixed and mastered by engineer John Stephan at the historic Springs Theatre in Tampa, may remind some listeners of pianist Chick Corea’s work in the same vein, or instrumental tracks by Poncho Sanchez or Santana.
Acme Jazz Garage, organized in 2011, has played the Clearwater Jazz Holiday, Gasparilla Music Festival, Palladium Theater at St. Petersburg College, Child of the Sun Jazz Festival, WMNF Tropical Heatwave, and the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, among many other events and venues. Since March 2014, the band has held forth every Thursday and Friday night at Timpano restaurant in Tampa’s Hyde Park Village – it’s one of the area’s longest-running engagements by the same group.
(above pics by Pavlos Hatzigeorgiou)
The “Rumba Misterioso” single will be accompanied by a high-end video, produced by Anemos Media, intercutting performance footage with a choreographed dance routine — stay tuned!
Acme’s 2016 debut CD landed airplay on about 35 jazz and community radio stations around the US and beyond, with frequent spins on Tampa’s WUSF, 89.7 FM and WMNF, 88.5 FM (where it was one of the latter’s most played discs of the year). Relix magazine called the album “a solid collection of revivalist funk and swing … a capable excursion through one of the more playful eras of America’s cultural history.” The disc also received kudos in the pages of Los Angeles Jazz Scene, The Tampa Bay Times, Creative Loafing Tampa, The Toledo Blade, Ken Franckling’s Jazz Notes, and Tie Your Shoes Reviews.
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