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The best kept secret in music


"Caballero-Verde Quintet Past Due"

The San Diego based Caballero-Verde Quintet were formed by Daniel Green (verde is of course Spanish for green) and Bill Caballero in February 2004. They both met already in June 2002, but like all good things, it took some time until they found the right musicians to accompany them on piano and trumpet. And what talented players they’ve what with Jeff “Sly” Simon (bass), Dylan Savage (drums) and Steve Haney (percussion).

With producing the album Past Due and writing six of the nine songs it looks like Daniel Green is the leader of the Quintet and he’s by the way busy with other projects like the 13-piece salsa band Trece de La Suerte.

“Of all the groups I play with, the Caballero-Verde Quintet has always been my favorite,” says Danny. “It’s a real treat for me to have such a great group of musicians play my compositions and arrangements, and I really feel that each one of them contributes a great deal to the material.”

And Danny really comes up with some splendid compostitions on the group’s debut album Past Due.
Take the energetic What Do You Call It for example, a percussion driven song that sums up what’s so great about Latin Jazz. Descarga #1 is another good example of a fast uplifting song that surely will see you moving your hips.

With Juan Melendez’s Karmenalia the Quintet gets more into improvisation and free jazz territory, the result is an instrumental tour de force and another fast paced winner. If you liked the Subaro double album by Speak In Tones last year than I’m sure you’ll like Karmenalia as well.

There’s also time for the quieter moments. The aptly titled Cool Down is a good example that Latin Jazz is not only about hard-hitting danceable grooves but also about ballads with beautiful melodies. The album’s title track Past Due slows down the tempo even more giving Danny and Bill a perfect vehicle to show their musical talent as pianist and trumpet player.

With nine exquisite songs on offer Past Due is a great instrumental album played by a tight band that every fan of Latin Jazz should own.

[edit: I’ve just come to know that Bill Caballero is no longer with the group and it’s simply named the Danny Green Quintet now.]

Tracklisting of Past Due: 1. What Do You Call It/ 2. Cool Down/ 3. Descarga #1/ 4. Drume Negrita/ 5. Obsesion/ 6. Karmenalia/ 7. Trouble On The Beach/ 8. The Nerve/ 9. Past Due | released 2006 by Daniel Green

Review by Dirk Binsau
- Jazz-Not-Jazz


Past Due - available at http://cdbaby.com/cd/caballeroverde


Feeling a bit camera shy


On piano, Danny Green is a well accomplished, tasty player who is equally versed in classical, jazz and Latin styles. Starting his musical studies at the young age of 5, Danny went on to pursue a B.A. in piano performance at UCSD. In January 2006, Danny released his first album, Past Due, featuring nine of his Latin Jazz compositions and arrangements. He currently leads the Danny Green Quintet, and co-leads Gente Fina.

Danny Green Quintet:
This Latin Jazz group was formed in February 2004 under the name "Caballero-Verde Quintet". Currently, the group features Ian Tordella on sax and flute, Jeff “Sly” Simon on bass, Dylan Savage on drums, and Steve Haney on percussion. With a diverse selection of material including both covers and originals, the Danny Green Quintet offers its listeners a musical journey through Latin America. Jazz writer, Dirk Binsau, says of their latest release, "With nine exquisite songs on offer Past Due is a great instrumental album played by a tight band that every fan of Latin Jazz should own."

Gente Fina:
Featuring guitarist Israel Maldonado, drummer Dylan Savage, percussionist Steve Haney and bassist Ignacio Arrango, this band is guaranteed to get the party going. Gente Fina mixes a wide variety of styles including funk, salsa, samba, reggae, rock, timba, and jazz to create a unique and lively sound. The band’s material includes original compositions by Israel as well as covers by artists including Stevie Wonder, Santana, Seu Jorge, and Caetano Veloso.