Aguanko’s set included songs written by Nacif from the band’s recent “Elemental” CD on PKO records. It included great alto solos by Russ Miller, the spunky trombone of Chris Smith, the stratospheric trumpet of Paul Finkbeiner, the lively piano of Wesley Reynoso, and above all the cooking rhythms provided by bassist Pat Prouty, the phenomenal percussionist Jose “Pepe” Espinosa, and Nacif himself. Nacif is to be congratulated on this very well-conceived and executed project.
So who says there can’t be killer Latin jazz from south eastern Michigan? You think they don’t like to party up there? Led by a conga cat with more than Tito Puente aspirations, put this on and watch the gringos get into the spirit of things—with abandon. High octane and sizzling, this is the stuff you know to always show up for. Well done.
– Midwest Record