Seven Stops t0 Heaven

Artist: Robin Jones

Date of Release: 14/07/2014

Catalogue no: SLAMCD297

Label: SLAM

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"Seven Stops to Heaven" is the third album by my band, formerly known as "The Robin Jones' Latin Jazz Sextet", now known as "Latin Underground". The object of the band has always been to fuse Latin, Jazz and some Funk, using original Latin and Jazz standards. We have always tried to have a very high standard of Jazz solos. I am proud to say that many of the best Jazz players around (many of whom have become Bandleaders in their own right) have graced the ranks of the band. We were recorded by a brilliant new engineer Nick Cecil. The originals, all by Sax virtuoso Nick Walker, are of the usual high standard. The rhythms are original Latin, with some licence in the direction of the Jazz. We hope you like it" Robin Jones.




02/02/2015 Euan Dixon

As an amateur and solitary bongo player I leap on every new Lat –Am disc that comes my way to assess its play along potential. This release by Robin Jones’ brilliant ensemble is an ideal candidate but much too good to be overlaid and obscured by my feeble pattering, any attempts to emulate being summarily disarmed and blown away by virtuosity of such power and eloquence that one’s attention is immediately riveted.

One hardly knows whom to lavish praise upon first but in the opening number, an incandescent version of `Night in Tunisia`, Gavin Broom asserts his authority by soaring through the famous break into a solo that lifts the familiar piece to new heights of expressive fervour whilst Nick Walker on baritone combines the heft of Ronnie Cuber with the excoriating attack of Pepper Adams in an earthmoving synthesis that drives all before it.

In this context, of course, rhythm is king and vibrancy of the horns is elevated on a percussive swell created by the close knit yet flexible combination of kit and congas through which a powerful electric bass line weaves like a coiled serpent; add to this mix the punchy block chords of Kibble’s keyboard and you have a potent brew in which to ferment an intoxicating and exotic elixir.

Of the programme, four tracks, including the above mentioned `Tunisia` are standards and the remainder are originals by Walker with one by Ronnie Cuber, his alter ego. This is a gently swaying samba like tune called `Passion Flower` and it immediately precedes the saxophonist’s principle solo feature, the ballad `Laura` to which his rich timbre imparts a satisfying warmth. All the tunes are graced with highly melodic solo content and unflagging rhythmic commitment making for one of the most rewarding recitals of this type that I’ve enjoyed since Hilton Ruiz’s `El Camino`, a disc that I’ve long prized and alongside which this British manifestation of the Latin American genre deserves to be placed.

Reviewed by Euan Dixon Jazz Views,


01/10/2014 Vittorio Lo Conte

Now the Latin music has conquered the world and is performed by musicians who are not just of South American origin with the same heat that is expected of those who are born under the Caribbean sun. This English group is led by percussionist Robin Jones , El fantastico .
Typical instruments of this tradition: congas and bongos. With him
other fellow, a sextet with the young star to Gavin Broom
Johnny Gee trumpet and electric bass. And then the baritone sax of Nick
Walker, Chris Kibble on piano and Marc Cecil on drums. that
that make us listen is a latin jazz at the highest level, as years
ago we had proposed in Italy as a Ray Mantilla. next to
classics of the genre like the famous Night in Tunisia written
by the founder of the genre, namely Dizzy Gillespie, there are several
original songs written by Nick Walter, who is also the l'arrangiatore
group, and a pair of standard that can not miss in each disk
jazz. Next to the foamy mixture of rhythms that invites us to dance
are ballads, such as the famous Laura Mercer / Raskin, in
which Nick Walter performs alone before it enters the group with the
theme and Gavin Broom takes a solo on the trumpet very lyrical, rich
the warmth that one would expect in this kind of songs. The Latin world
Robin Jones but arrived from London today works
perfectly, as if it came from places where this music has its
origins. The musicians interpret songs with great warmth, both experts
to give the appearance of swinging jazz, see the talented pianist Chris
Kibble and the rhythm section, that one of the most caliente latin
jazz made by the Princes of the genre. Between solos leader Robin Jones and
the other group the hard rush, a perfect column Sound for the summer.
Vittorio Lo Conte http://www.musiczoom.it/?p=20635


11/09/2014 George W. Harris

Conga master Robin Jones puts together a swinging salsa team of Nick Walker/bari-fl, Gavin Broom/tp, Chris Kibble/p, Jonny Gee/b and Marac Cecil/perc for a mix of jazz standards and originals. He, together with Cecil and Gee lay down a sizzling foundation that serves as a catapult for the soloists. Broom’s trumpet is Lee Morgan-piercing on an exciting take of “Night In Tunisia” while Walker’s baritone sax opens up bel canto before the rhythm comes in for a grandiose take of “Laura.” Kibble’s piano does a wonderful dance with Gee in “Passion Fruit” before changing partners and dips and dives with Jones to close the song. Trumpet and flute floate over a lovely “Song for Melissa” while the percussion saunters over “Which is Broom?” before the congas take over on a sizzling reading of the title track. Latin lovers will flock to this one.
George W. Harris • September 11, 2014


01/09/2014 Jane Corrnwel

Kicking off, suitably ambitiously, with a fine, Latino-fired version of ‘A Night in Tunisia’, this third disc from the underrated British bandleader and conguero Robin Jones and his re-named Latin Underground (formerly Latin Jazz Sextet) is a solid effort that continues a mission to rework original Latin and jazz standards with a fusion of Latin, jazz and funk. It’s also a disc that rewards repeated listening. The multi-talented septuagenarian should be no stranger to readers of these pages; Jones has worked with everyone from Al Jarreau and Barney Kessel to drummers including Philly Joe Jones, and here his talented long-time crew of drummer Mark Cecil, pianist Chris Kibble and Saxophonist Nick Walker are joined by trumpeter Gavid Broom and electric bassist Johnny Gee on the likes of ‘Mambo Inn’ and Ronnie Cuber’s ‘Passion Fruit’. The four Walker originals scattered through the track listing work well, no small thanks perhaps to engineer Marc Cecil.
Jane Corrnwell Jazzwise September 2014


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