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Monday, March 16, 2015

Cubop Spoken Here. Havana Club 5 + Heaton Horns @ Hoochie Coochie March 15.

Carlos Luis Rivera/Paco Rivera (perc/vcls)); Alan Law (pno); Paul Grainger (bs); Antonio Marrero (vcl/perc); Simon Coleman (dms); Darren Millett (gtr); + Heaton Horns: David Matthew Gray (tmb); Alex Saxon (alt/fl); Elliot Todd (tpt).
(Review by Lance/Photos courtesy of Anna Miller to follow.*)
The occasional Sunday afternoon gigs at Hoochie are usually something else and this one was no exception! It didn't matter that I hadn't a clue what the songs were about or whether they were in Portuguese, Spanish or a mixture of both, what counted was the infectious, compelling and at times hypnotic rhythms that engulfed those who weren't away wining and dining their mother (or somebody else's mother). They should have brought her here!
Apart from the percussive aspect, some wild blowing by the horns added to the excitement and it was no surprise that the dance floor wasn't empty.
Alan Law tells me he's going to Cuba for music lessons - on this showing he doesn't need many (if any!)
They ran the whole spectrum Latin, Jazz, Salsa, Samba, Cha Cha Cha and a whole lot more - no need to go to the Caribbean let it come to you with the Havana Club 5. Likewise - no need to go to Heaton let Heaton come to you with the Heaton Horns!
Lance. 

3 comments :

David Gray said...

Just to help you out:

Simon Coleman on kit

Antonio Marrero on vocals

Great seeing you there, Lance. It was an endless train of chaos, but a very fun one and hopefully the start of a wonderful partnership with the horns.

Lance said...

Thanks David. Just need the name of the guitarist (and a couple of the promised pics from Anna).

Paul Grainger (on F/b) said...

I see you have the others. Just Darren Millett on guitar to add.
Thanks again for the review, and thanks for making the effort when it meant a dash for you when Dave Newton was due to play across town (I would have been at the Globe if not playing at Hoochie). It was great fun and hopefully the first of many such gigs.

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