by Bobbito


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Bobbito Garcia is an ace sneaker pimp, age-old b-boy, boogie-basketball expert, presenter (with Stretch Armstrong) of the radio show dubbed best of all time by The Source, and, most importantly for the purposes of this release, a mixer under the self-deprecating alias of DJ Cucumberslice. Though he's most famed for a definitive book on collecting sneakers (Where'd You Get Those? New York City's Sneaker Culture: 1960-1987), Bobbito also understands the intersection of Latin culture and breaks culture better than anyone -- excepting only, perhaps, fellow Nuyoricans Kenny Dope and Little Louie Vega. Earthtones is a set of groove-based music that varies widely, illustrating the fact that a DJ Cucumberslice gig is less about providing a seamless mix than airing some tracks that make Bobbito smile. So, the mix moves quickly from West African beat music (Abdoulaye Diabate) to Latin jazz-funk (the Three Pieces) to golden-age NYC hip-hop (Self Scientific) with barely a pause for breath. Just like the manufacturers of a hot pair of sneakers, Bobbito obviously treasures musicians who are distinctive, talented, artistic, and unmoved by the pressures of shifting units. Though there isn't much transitional flow in effect, Bobbito ends Earthtones with some buoyant groove jazz, beginning with the flute and vocal scatting of La Gente Urbana's "Osanyin," and extending to soul-jazz maestro Charles Earland's cover "Aquarius," and ending with Maysa Leak's treasured performance of "Shadows and the Light."

Product Details

Release Date: 11/04/2003
Label: R2
UPC: 0801647820521
catalogNumber: 5

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bobbito   Primary Artist
Ed Jones   Tenor Saxophone
Maysa   Vocals
Thomas Dyani-Akuru   Percussion
Graham Harvey   fender rhodes
Randy Hope-Taylor   Bass
Chris Manis   Percussion
Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick   Acoustic Guitar
Pietro Ciancaglini   Double Bass
Argenis Brito   Vocals
Rosalia de Souza   Vocals
Pietro Lussu   Piano
Lorenzo Tucci   Drums
Cambron   Vocals,Background Vocals
Stefanie Die Pierro   Vocals
Steve Pre   scratching
Sebastian Williams   Track Performer
Señor Coconut   Conductor
Richard Bailey   Drums

Technical Credits

Kraftwerk   Composer
Galt MacDermot   Composer
Maysa   Composer
Simon Cotsworth   Producer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick   Composer,Producer
Lincoln Ross   Composer
Emil Schult   Composer
Jerry Wilder   Composer
Mike Huetter   Composer
James Rado   Composer
Gerome Ragni   Composer
Aaron Johnson   Composer
DuBose Heyward   Composer
Bobbito   Liner Notes
Nicola Conte   Producer
Eli Goulart   Composer
Atom   Programming,Producer
Thomas McCallion   Art Direction
Señor Coconut   Arranger

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