Conrad Herwig's Latin Side of Miles, Coltrane & Shorter
Conrad Herwig (trombone); Mario Rivera (baritone sax, flute); Ruben Rodriguez (bass); Robby Ameen; Craig Handy, Mike Rodriguez, Paoli Mejias, William O Connor.
Fri 13 July 2007 00:00 - 01:15 Hudson
The trombone is not an every day solo-instrument compared to the trumpet, the sax and the piano. Conrad Herwig ranks among the select group of musicians who have embraced this instrument and propagate its further development in jazz. Since the trombone is never absent in horn sections, Herwig had a multitude of opportunities to hone his skills in various big bands, including those of Clark Terry, Buddy Rich and Mel Lewis. He performed with Slide Hampton's World of Trombones and played with Mario Bauza's Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra. In that orchestra his interest for Latin music grew. An interest that led to The Latin Side of John Coltrane and Another Kind of Blue: The Latin Side of Miles Davis. Albums that were both nominated for a Grammy. On his latest CD Sketches of Spain Y Mas he continues his search for the Latin roots of the jazz greats. Last year Herwig won the Paul Acket Award 'Artist Deserving Wider Recognition'.