Mark Weinstein – El Cumbanchero

It’s the hummingbird on the cover of Mark Weinstein’s new CD, El Cumbanchero, that really has me obsessed. It’s a great picture of the tiny bird in flight by Dan F. McIntosh called “Cuban Emerald.”

According to the liner notes this music is a combination of charanga and jazz. Charanga is is Cuban dance music; obviously this makes the hummingbird appropriate. It was fun to seek the musical equivalent of the bird in the songs. And yes, it was Weinstein’s flute flitting around all he arrangements.

This CD just wasn’t as engaging his previous works. I have been listening to various Ltin jaz stations on Pandora and have found the Cuban music to be the most energetic, the most animated. But that wasn’t the case here. The arrangements, the compositions, thelaying is impeccable. It just lacked a certain verve that previous Weinstein CD’s had.


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