“Aguankó, the ensemble led by percussionist and composer Alberto Nacíf, is a talented group of Michigan based musicians who are steeped in the tradition of jazz infused Son-Salsa. In La Bicileta and Chiquita, for example, you might hear shades of Conjunto Libre or Eddie Palmieri’s La Perfecta Orchestra. And, like the Fort Apache Band, there are Afro-Cuban folkloric rhythms, as in the percussive Rumba Elemental. The overall feel on Elemental is relaxed; the Jazz is sophisticated, but accessible in essential ways. It’s graced with a driving funk and sabor that comes only from years of developing a musical sensibility that speaks from both the heart and soul of the band members. Top notch stuff, this. Very Highly Recommended.” – elWatusi
Reviews of Note
All About Jazz - Review
by Chris M. Slawecki
Aguanko’s composer, conguero and bandleader Dr. Alberto Naciffirst stepped into the worlds of Latin and Afro-Cuban percussion alongside Cuban conga/bongo master Armando Peraza, the pillar of percussion fire who blazed throughout the Santanaband’s first decade. On Pattern Recognition, Nacif teams with another legendary Cuban percussionist: José “Pepe” Espinosa, who jumps in on timbales, guiro and bongos, and doubles as producer of Aguanko’s third release.
El Chino Solar Latin Club - Review
Aguanko returns stronger than ever. The ensemble created by the Mexican percussionist Alberto Nacif – currently residing in Brighton (USA) – launches Pattern Recognition, his fourth record production. A sophisticated album with no other pretensions than to enjoy.
New York Jazz Record - Review
“…Latin Jazz Christmas in Havana is just what it promises: some of the best-loved Christmas songs reimagined for sand rather than snow. “Santa Baby” thankfully loses some its creepiness while “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot like Christmas” is made for dancing. “The Little Drummer Boy” begins charmingly only with percussion and flute before the band enter to liven up the solemnity. ..” CLICK TO READ MORE