Mitch Frohman Latin Jazz Quartet Performing Mambo Sin Fronteras

by chipboaz on December 12, 2016

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There’s nothing positive about borders in a musical context, although they exist far too often. Musicians learn their instruments by studying a collection of rules and structure, and then are told to break them; for some folks, that’s easier said than done. From the listener perspective, there’s a an abundance of opinions and perceived boundaries imposed on the music. From the inside and out, these boundaries impede important pieces of jazz like improvisatory freedom and stylistic integrity. At the end of the day, borders simply get in the way of ideas, stopping the flow of creative energy.

Mitch Frohman is a musician that has avoided the downfall of borders throughout his four decades in Latin Jazz. Widely known as a twenty-five year veteran of the Tito Puente Orchestra, Frohman has blazed a path through Latin music with groups like The Spanish Harlem Orchestra, The Bronx Horn, Mongo Santamaria, and more; he’s also played with diverse artists like Paul Simon, David Byrne, and Blood, Sweat, & Tears. Today’s video, a live performance of “Mambo Sin Fronteras” from Frohman’s 2016 release From Daddy With Love, certainly lives true to its name. There are no musical borders in this performance, as improvisational ideas flow smoothly from one musician to the next. The high energy descarga sends furiously syncopated lines between Frohman and pianist Zaccai Curtis, while bassist Luques Curtis and drummer Joel Mateo rhythmically comment on the proceedings. It’s a masterful and memorable performance from Frohman that shows the possibilities when musicians play without borders.

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