Snowboy celebrates his 30th Anniversary, since his debut single in 1985, with his 16th album ‘New York Afternoon’. This also marks the debut of Snowboy’s own record label, Snowboy Records.
One of Europe’s finest percussionists and Congueros, Snowboy, has recorded or performed percussion with artists such asLisa Stansfield, JTQ, Mark Ronson, Amy Winehouse, Deodato, Jon Lucien, Big John Patton, Airto Moreira, Herman Oliveraand many, many more.
More importantly Snowboy is also the leader of Europe’s leading Afro-Cuban Jazz group, Snowboy & The Latin Section, featuring the UK’s most exciting and pyrotechnical jazz and Latin players: Sid Gauld (Trumpet),Paul Taylor (Trombone), Neil Angilley (Hammond B3 and Fener Rhodes), Nico Gomez (Bass), Davide Giovannini (Drums, Timbales and Vocals) and Dave Pattman(Bongos). ‘New York Afternoon’ features every one of them as always. But that’s not all, Snowboyis also an in demand DJ and a regular at the likes of theSouth London Soul Train’s bi-monthly sessions.
New York Afternoonis classic Snowboy drawing on jazz dance classics, salsa and mambo in a dynamic new recording which captures the block party feel of 1970s Latin jazz and early salsa. The all-important trademark Snowboymambo style is present with an authentic cover of the Edmundo Ros classic ‘Olé Mambo’ and the original ‘La Época Del Palladium’.
The great influence of his mentor and friend,Eddie Palmieri, on the long, mean, dark and tense, ‘The Triple Bluff’ is there too. There is the epic and grandiose solo keyboard piece ‘Cala Escarpada’ by Neil Angilley and two heavy Salsa songs ‘Tres Tambores’ and ‘Echalo Ya’. The distinctive vocals of Davide Giovannini are prominent throughout the album.
The album also features some very special guests, including the legendary House music vocalist, Marc Evans, from Baltimore on the title track a cover of the legendary Richie ColeandEddie Jefferson“Jazz Dance” classic ‘New York Afternoon’. ‘Better’ and ‘Oxen Free’ feature and are written by, the incredible Boston based jazz singer-songwriter Jen Kearney. The final guest is experimental saxophonist, Pete Wareham, from Acoustic Ladyland, Polar Bear and Melt Yourself Down. Snowboy’slong-time Saxophonist, Gary Plumley, was on sabbatical in India, so he asked Pete. Snowboy is a huge fan of his wild and uncompromising Free Jazz style and Wareham’s unique style certainly brings something different to the album.
Not only is thisSnowboy’s16th album, but after recording for over 30 years, New York Afternoon is his most unique and ambitious one yet.