The Afro Cuban Experience ensemble (this is the original band of the late Dizzy Gillespie), led by jazz bassist Santi DeBriano, showcases the unique rhythms and well-loved melodies (such as ‘Manteca’ and ‘Tin Tin Deo’) of Gillespie’s oeuvre of Cu-Bop which he developed with Chano Pozo in the 40s and 50s.
Their repertoire also explores the broader world of Latin-American music- the tunes that Dizzy would have been playing today.
The musicians are drawn from the high-calibre pool of New York-based talent that frequent the Dizzy Gillespie™ Big Band and All-Star groups, such as trumpeter Freddie Hendrix, saxophonist Sharel Cassity, Brazilian pianist/vocalist Abelita Mateus, drummer Tommy Campbell and percussionist Roger Squitero.
They perform with energy, verve, and style, putting their own fresh stamp on a well-known genre.
“…trumpeter Freddie Hendrix delivered searing high notes, pinched slurs and lines that darted off at angles. His phrasing is more angular than Gillespie’s, reflecting a later era in modern jazz. But his forceful delivery and quicksilver invention always demanded notice...” - Financial Times
“…the set sprang plenty of surprises…Lee’s electric bass was astonishingly light-footed. While the drummer Tommy Campbell supplied the Dizzy-esque tomfoolery, the band paid homage to Freddie Hubbard’s bristling version of Take It To The Ozone. This ghost band was clearly flesh and blood.” - The Times