Monday, May 21, 2007

May 2007 Sabroso@Interval Café, Sheffield

This was the the first time for us back on stage since the Donut gig, and with a significantly changed line-up:

  • Dan has moved from rhythm guitar to timbales and is doing a fine job;
  • Mike joined us just a couple of months ago, and is a great trombonist whose sense of humour comes across when he plays;
  • Nathan has emerged from behind the timbales to take on vocals (lead and backing) and hand percussion;
  • Wib joined us as a direct result from the Donut gig and is our new conguero;
  • I've also stepped out from behind the congas and am fulfilling the same role as Nathan.
I think it's great for many reasons:

  • Dan and Wib have an understanding of each other's musicianship based on years of playing live together;
  • Mike brings a wealth of experience of playing soul, jazz and blues which is something we very much needed;
  • there is more opportunity for interaction in the melodic arragements, which augments the montuno section of our songs;
  • the rhythmic 'thickness' of our sound has been increased with both Nathan and I playing hand percussion;
  • having two lead singers with different vocal ranges makes a wider range of songs possible;
  • we have a high level of redundancy, meaning we can take on more gigs; and
  • (selfishly) I can have a rest from singing during a set.
Woo-Hoo! This signals the dawning of a brave new world. Long live Cuatro de Diciembre!

Okay, as with any change in line-up, there is a period of instability. But even with that in mind and based on last night's performance, there's plenty of potential to be realised in this new line-up.


1 comment:

  1. Cool blog, i just randomly surfed in, but it sure was worth my time, will be back

    Deep Regards from the other side of the Moon

    Biby Cletus