"He's not just a percussionist," seems to be the message Mino Cinelu is trying to convey on his eclectic first solo album after a lengthy career as an accompanist to jazz and pop stars. In that attempt, he steps out from his battery to sing, play guitars and flute, and to compose, arrange, program, and produce the music. The results range from the folk-rock feel of "Confians" to the South African flavor of "Chouval Boa" and the Latin sound of "See Yea - Salee Yea" (which will remind pop fans of Lionel Richie's "All Night Long (All Night)" ). But it takes nothing away from Cinelu's varied abilities to say that he is really a percussionist writ large on this album, one who has a fondness for nature (wind in "Moun Madinina," crickets in "Shibumi Dunes (Silk Road)" ) and unusual drum sounds (the latter a definitional characteristic of percussionists). Therefore, your level of interest in the recording will depend on how fond you are of percussion.
Cette année là, notre compteur affiche un nombre vertigineux d'heures passées à nous laisser bercer par le bourdonnement du didgeridoo de Stephen Kent. Si certains morceaux comme impro évoquent inévitablement le carnet de route de Romano, Sclavis et Texier, la nature même de la section rythmique (percussions, didgeridoo) permet à l'ensemble de s'en émanciper. Michel Portal retrouve ici un vieux complice: Mino Cinelu (turbulence, men's land).
This intriguing set features percussionist Mino Cinelu with Kevin Eubanks (on acoustic guitar) and bassist Dave Holland. They perform four Eubanks songs, three by Holland, and two from Cinelu, music that ranges from exotic sounds to light and creative funk grooves. It is quite intriguing hearing Eubanks sticking exclusively to his acoustic guitar and Cinelu adds plenty of catchy yet unpredictable rhythms. However, Holland often takes solo honors and he usually holds the group together with his authoritative and flexible sound. Very interesting music that's worth listening to closely several times.
Eubanks, Cinelu, and the sublime Dave Holland achieve Vulcan mind-meld status as an ensemble on this spirited, swinging collection of acoustic guitar, bass, and percussion grooves. If you're a fan of albums like Tim Sparks' luminous "Tanz" on the Tzaddik label, you must get this. If you're a Holland enthusiast, you will supremely dig Holland's super-muscular virtuosity here. If you know nothing about Eubanks other than his "Tonight Show" gig (I mean, whatever), prepare to be astounded by his fine taste, depth, and fluid imagination. This is a superb record! * amazon.
This album is quite unique and it deserves your attention even if unfortunatly it is out of print actually. Well, if you find it used, you can buy it with confidence. It has been recorded in 1995 and it's not a common Jazz album with piano, double bass and drums. Here you have the fantastic Kenny Barron at the piano obviously, but he plays keyboards and double bass too and the incredible Mino Cinelu who plays a lot of different instruments (mandolin, banjo, guitar, keys, drums, percussions, additional sounds effects ... and he sings too in a couple of tune). It is a collaboration of these two artists exclusively. The result is a very strange album, very entertaining and incredibly well played and written.
In the 1990s, Kenny Barron was finally recognized as one of jazz's top pianists, recording a series of top-notch and consistently inventive releases. This CD has seven of Barron's originals in which he is teamed with Ralph Moore (tenor and soprano), vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, bassist Rufus Reid, drummer Victor Lewis, and sometimes percussionist Mino Cinelu. These fine performances help to define the modern mainstream of the period. In addition, there are a pair of standards ("For Heaven's Sake" and a lengthy version of "I Should Care") that are played as sensitive duets with Reid. Excellent and often exquisite music.