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Funky Cha


Download links and information about Funky Cha by Harvie Swartz. This album was released in 2006 and it belongs to Jazz, Latin genres. It contains 9 tracks with total duration of 51:31 minutes.

Artist: Harvie Swartz
Release date: 2006
Genre: Jazz, Latin
Tracks: 9
Duration: 51:31
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No. Title Length
1. Rhythm-a-ning 5:24
2. C 7 Heaven 6:22
3. Mariposa en Mano 4:34
4. Earquake 5:29
5. S 6:35
6. Funky Cha 4:38
7. A Bright Moment 5:41
8. What Is This Thing Called Love 9:06
9. Coco Loco 3:42



Listening to the veteran New York composer/bassist's fourth project since 1999 is like taking a frenetic joyride through a realm where classic Latin music forms blend furiously with the best of America's jazz traditions. Harvie S has been at this a long time; in 1966, he traveled to Cuba to study with some of the island's master players. Since then, he's masterfully blended the two forms, working with great bandleaders like Juan-Carlos Formell, Stan Getz, Paquito d'Rivera, and Arturo O'Farrill, among others. The one major thing he's learned: both forms have the same African rhythmic roots. But why read a dull history book when you've got the bassist and his wild but subtle-when-they-have-to-be quintet providing such vibrant illustrations of the connection? They launch the disc with a hard-driving, heavily percussive jam on Thelonious Monk's "Rhythm-a-Ning" and the rolling, pitter-patter grooving original "C7 Heaven" (featuring Daniel Kelly's vibrant piano ensembling beautifully with Jay Collins' sax), then ease coolly into the date's most memorable — if least chops-heavy — number, the original piece "Mariposa en Mano," a sensuous slow-dance number dedicated to S's wife; S had recorded it as a bossa nova on an earlier album but his mixed vibe of son montuno and charanga is more than just a little intoxicating. From then on, he works a spirited balancing act between crazy-makers like the well-titled "Earquake" and the subtler, harmonically rich "A Bright Moment" and a hypnotic, classically influenced cover of Cole Porter's "What Is This Thing Called Love."