Veteran percussionist Luis Conte on En Casa De Luis (CR 73325) plays and sings Latin jazz, percussion displays and heated jams.
In his career, Luis Conte has played his wide range of Latin percussion in a countless number of settings, whether with Latin groups, as a studio musician, on soundtracks, or in jazz clubs. He has worked with everyone from Madonna, Phil Collins and James Taylor to Al DiMeola and Pat Metheny. His experience is vast yet he always seems to have a great time particularly when he is performing the Latin music that he most loves
On En Casa De Luis, Conte performs three strong compositions by guitarist Barry Coates, Larry Goldstein’s “Dance Of The Firefly,” an offbeat version of “Fever,” and several of his own songs. Conte sings on a few of the numbers (including “Fever”) and, on the title cut, he leads a choro. Other selections feature such fine musicians as Coates (who is prominent on many of the pieces), Goldings (on his original), bassist Jimmy Johnson, trumpeter Walt Fowler and other percussionists.
The music ranges from vocal pieces to instrumental jams, from percussion displays to quartet jams. Everything somehow blends together on this diverse but unified program. Conte takes plenty of solos but does not dominate the music except with his cheerful nature and impressive musicianship.
En Casa De Luis, one of Luis Conte’s best solo albums, will appeal to a wide audience, particularly his Latin jazz fans.