New stuff from Pete Ray Biggin, Pete Lockett, Black Stone Cherry and more
Luis Conte is one of the world’s most accomplished Cuban percussionists, having worked with the likes of James Taylor, Al DiMeola, Phil Collins, Pat Metheny and more. Pete Lockett should need no introduction to the readers of Rhythm of course; one of the UK’s top percussionists, Pete has worked with a stellar array of musical stars from Macca to Gabriel, the cream of India’s musicians and on countless big movie soundtracks. So naturally a collaborative album between these two stars is going to be something special.
Recorded in LA, London, Pakistan and India, the record draws on the rich musical heritage of Cuba, India, America, Europe and, well, everywhere. ‘Everybody’s Got One’ (which would be a more apt title for a cajon piece) is a percussive delight rooted in the vibrancy of Indian music and culture; then it’s west to Cuba for ‘Oyela’ and, while you might expect ‘Festejo’ to turn south to Peru, it’s actually more a fusion of Latin and Indian sounds; similarly ‘Cross Borders’ could have you in a geographical tailspin with its sumptuous layers of all-world sounds and percussive textures. ‘Boom’ is a decidely non-explosive track; an atmosphere piece that weaves gentle percussive effects into a chilled ambient track. ‘Caramelo’ is rhythmically busy, ‘Tikitipila’ is a typically ace combination of fantastic playing and traditional voice elements. Stand-out piece ‘Buena Noche’ will transport to instantly to you a sticky Cuban night with its heady rhythmic flavours. (CBu)
Percussionist extraordinaire Pete Lockett has teamed up with Cuban percussion star Luis Conte