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Ray Mantilla's Space Station is his regular group and works mostly in Europe. Although tied to the bebop tradition, Mantilla's soloists are actually much more modern, closer to post-bop than to hard bop. Because the septet works together often, they have developed their own fresh material which consists mostly of originals by Mantilla and pianist Eddy Martinez. The only standard on the date is a ballad version of "The Man I Love." The horn solos are a natural part of the arrangements and vice versa with plenty of fine spots for baritonist Enrique Fernandez, Willie Williams on tenor and soprano, and trumpeter Guido Gonzalez. In addition there are some percussion solos for the leader along the way. And while the music is modern and often complex, the rhythms generated by Mantilla and drummer Bill Elder keep the proceedings fairly accessible and danceable. Mantilla's New Space Station is a band worth exploring.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/17/2004
Label: Savant
UPC: 0633842205922
catalogNumber: 2059
Rank: 190994

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ray Mantilla   Primary Artist,Percussion,Leader
Willie Williams   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Enrique Fernandez   Flute,Baritone Saxophone
Eddy Martinez   Piano
Cucho Martínez   Bass
Guido Gonzalez   Trumpet
Bill Elder   Drums
Edy Martinez   Piano
Bill Elder   Drums
Cucho Martinez   Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Cedar Walton   Producer,Audio Production
Ray Mantilla   Composer,Liner Notes
Willie Williams   Arranger
Joe Fields   Executive Producer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Todd Whitelock   Engineer
Enrique Fernandez   Arranger
Alfredo Alvarado   Liner Notes
Bill Elder   Composer
Edy Martinez   Arranger

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