Jerry Gonzalez & The Fort Apache Band w/ Miguel Zenón
Jerry Gonzalez, trumpet, flugelhorn & percussion
Larry Willis, piano
Andy Gonzalez, bass
Jeff "Tain" Watts, drums
Joe Ford, alto saxophone
With special guest:
Miguel Zenón, saxophone
Trumpeter and percussionist Jerry Gonzalez's first high-profile professional engagement came with Dizzy Gillespie in 1971. Gonzalez was 19. Since then he's worked with numerous masters from jazz and Latin music, including Kenny Dorham, Tony Williams, McCoy Tyner, Jaco Pastorius, Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, and Manny Oquendo Y Libre. Following the success of Ya Yo Me Cure (1980), Gonzalez's first session as a leader, The Fort Apache Band was formed. The ensemble's first two albums were recorded live at European jazz festivals: The River is Deep (1982) in Berlin, and Obatala (1988) in Zurich.
In 1989, Fort Apache recorded the groundbreaking Rumba Para Monk as a quintet, featuring Gonzalez, bassist Andy Gonzalez, drummer Steve Berrios, pianist Larry Willis, and tenor saxophonist Carter Jefferson. The disc was named album of the year by the French Academe du Jazz and resulted in the group being voted the Word Beat Group of the Year in DownBeat's 55th Annual Readers Poll.
The group became a sextet with the addition of saxophonist Joe Ford for Earthdance (1991) and Moliendo Cafe (1992). Following the death of Carter Jefferson, former Fort Apache member John Stubblefield returned to the fold on tenor sax to record the Grammy-nominated Crossroads (1994). The ensemble's 1995 recording Pensativo also received a Grammy nomination. On the heels of these nominations, the ensemble was awarded the Beyond Group of the Year by both DownBeat Magazine's Readers and Critics Polls in 1995 and 1996.
Firedance (1996), Fort Apache's next release, was the first live recording of the ensemble as a sextet. Following this fiery recording, the ensemble won the award for Best Jazz Group in Playboy Magazine's Readers Poll for 1997. In 1998, the ensemble swept the Latin jazz category at the New York Jazz Awards, winning both the Industry and Journalist Polls. In 1999, the group again swept the Critics and Readers Polls for Beyond Group of the Year in DownBeat Magazine.
In its present form, Fort Apache realizes the vision of seamless Afro-Caribbean jazz, which the band members have pursued for most of their careers, integrated with world-class bebop. With this ideal in mind, The Fort Apache Band has become one of the most respected and exciting ensembles in modern music.
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