May 21, 2016
The working jazz musician has to wear many different musical hats, sometimes more than one at a time, If that were taken literally, Mac Gollehon would have difficulty walking through any doorway in New York without knocking a few fedoras off the top of his head.
His career has taken him from the Latin Jazz Big Bands and Orchestras of Ray Barretto, HÃ©ctor Lavoe, Hilton Ruiz, Larry Harlow, and Charlie Palmieri, to a nine year tenure with Lester Bowieâ€™s Brass Fantasy band, to studio sessions with David Bowie (Letâ€™s Dance), Duran Duran, Chic, and Mick Jagger. In all, Gollehon can be heard on over 100 gold and platinum and double platinum records. Bet you didnâ€™t know that.
This extraordinary cross-section of experience allows him to release his 9th CD, Mac Gollehon & The Hispanic Mechanics, an intriguing hybrid of Latin Jazz, Caribbean sounds, Hot Jazz and Electronic Dance Music (EDM). While tunes like â€œNo More Dramaâ€ and â€œExito Obscuridadâ€ sound like club-shaking anthems, his jazz sensibilities show through on â€œ'Il Aceiteâ€ and â€œElegancia.â€ There is something for everyone here.
Podcast 535 is my conversation with Mac, as we discuss the recording process of the new CD, and he recalls with great humor and pathos his past meetings and recordings with legends like Lavoe, Lester Bowie, Woody Shaw, Miles Davis and David Bowie. Thatâ€™s Macâ€™s trumpet solo in the introduction to the title track. Musical selections from Mac Gollehon & The Hispanic Mechanics include â€œNo More Dramaâ€ and â€œAmor Tragicoâ€, as well as David Bowieâ€™s â€œLetâ€™s Danceâ€ and an unreleased recording of Lester Bowieâ€™s Brass Fantasy performing â€œGood Morning Heartacheâ€ from the Deutschen Jazz Festival in Frankfurt, Germany; October 22, 1999. That entire recording ï¿½can be found at Big O's ROIO page on the web,