Ruben Caban – Kangana – Self-Released
Trombonist Ruben Caban’s new release Kangana brings a fiery blend of Afro-Caribbean rhythms, Taino melodies and Neo Soul together with the spontaneity of Jazz harmony and improvisation.
Along with his original Latin Fusion compositions such as Kangana and Phat CRB, Caban incorporates some well-known standards such as Wayne Shorter’s Yes or No and Pat Metheny’s Song For Bilbao. As well as some indigenous Taino prayers brought to song by Jazz singer and Taino folklorist Janice R. Torres. Within his arrangements he features some of the best talent in south Florida including Grammy award winning legends such as flutist Nestor Torres, Saxophonist Ed Calle, Master percussionists Richard Bravo and Edwin Bonilla and the vocals of Grammy nominated Argentinian Jazz singer; Roxana Amed. In the band he pulled together some new Jazz stallions such as Tal Cohen, Kemuel Roig, and Peter Wallace on the piano, Camilo Velandia on guitar, David Chiverton, Waldo Madera and Ludwig Afonso on drums and Ramses Araya and Brian Potts on percussion with Agustin Conti and Eric England on the bass. Featured on the horns are also Francisco Dimas on trumpet, David Fernandez on tenor sax and Mark Small also on tenor sax.
This album is very special since it also holds the last two recording sessions of the late trumpet player, mentor, local hero and educator; James Hacker who left us unexpectedly this past summer. He left some mighty big shoes to fill as one of the top session musicians in South Florida and is captured on Rafael Valencias’ Pueblo Nuevo and Russell Ferrante’s Imperial Strut, along with Grammy award winning guitarist Camilo Velandia
1. Kangana (5:39)
by Ruben Caban
2. Chovendo Una Roseira (7:05)
by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Gene Lees/Arr. Jeremy Levy
3. Phat CRB (8:20)
by Ruben Caban
4. Taino Prayer Song (Huracana Suite) (7:12)
by Janice R. Torres/ Arr. Ruben Caban
5. Pueblo Nuevo (7:32)
by Rafael Valencia
6. Song For Bilbao (7:45)
by Pat Metheny
7. Imperial Strut (7:22)
by Russell Ferrante
8. Yes or No (9:19)
by Wayne Shorter
The Cover art is done in collaboration with world renowned Puerto Rican artist; Richard “Tiago” Santiago. The images are part of a series entitled “Oferende”. meaning offering, and Tiago painted the two images (front and back covers) as he listened to Caban’s music and was inspired by the sound he describes as “Strong but subtle”. Tiago is dedicated to creating projects and collective art that centralize in social themes and concepts of empathy and solidarity.
More About Ruben Caban:
Born in the Island of Puerto Rico, trombonist Ruben Caban has toured and/or recorded as a sideman and soloist with an array of internationally renowned artists in a variety of genres such as; Frankie Valli, Jon Secada, Michael Feinstein, Raul Diblasio, Ed Calle, Antonio Adolfo, Alain Perez, Nicole Henry, Dianne Shurr, Randy Brecker, Herbie Hanconck, Arturo Sandoval, Ira Sullivan, Roberto Carlos, Sandra De Sa, Nestor Torres, The O’Jays, Cheo Feliciano, Giovanni Hidalgo, Vico C, Oscar De Leon, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Victor Manuel, La India, Paquito De Rivera and many more. Kangana is his second release as leader.