Review: Brian Andres & The Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel “San Francisco Tiene Su Propio Son”

There is no denying the rich Latin jazz tradition that can be found in San Francisco’s Bay Area. From Cal Tjader, to Poncho Sanchez and Armando Peraza, the Bay Area has served as a proving ground for some of the genre’s biggest names. With the release of their latest album entitled San Francisco, Bay Area-based Latin jazz collective Brian Andres & The Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel look to add their names to the list of stellar musicians that have helped shape San Francisco’s distinct Latin jazz sound.

Brian Andres & The Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel  is one band that you will definitely want to keep your eye on. Their new disc San Francisco has 12 smoking tracks filled with a variety of musical styles ranging from cha cha cha, mambo, and bolero. The track I decided to feature from their CD is called “San Francisco Tiene Su Propio Son”, a son montuno style  salsa dance track that will have listeners jumping out their seat and ready to hit the dance floor.

To take a quote from band leader Brian Andres’ bio; Latin jazz is the “perfect combination”. And I couldn’t agree more!  So just sit back, close your eyes, grab your finest bottle of merlot and let Brian and company take you on a musical ride.

DJ Walter B Nice for