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"Hamid Cooper Latin Jazz"

"Here's some intriguing and fresh music from an LA cat-drummer/percussionist Hamid Cooper, who has put out two recent discs (Pars; Latin Jazz Dream From Persia) that show the width and breath of jazz/folk percussion... "Latin Jazz Dream is in the more conventional jazz vein, with Cooper joining with a team of piano, bass, timbales and two woodwinds for a mix of originals and jazz standards. Fresh material like "Sun Shower" and "The Word" combine infectious rhythms with some smooth sax work... Their take of standards are quite enticing; "Take Five" finally sounds like the Middle Eastern song it was originally conceived as, while "Watermelon Man" adds a bit of pomegranate to the flavor. A bit of extra cumin is added to "Manteca" and "Mas Que Nada" creating a real feast for the ears. Check this one out!"
George W. Harris
Jazzweekly.com - Jazz Weekly.com

"EUR MUSIC REVIEW: Hamid Cooper's Summer Vacation"

*When I sat down to listen to Hamid Cooper’s latest album The Spirit Filled Latin Jazz, I was completely blindsided by its melodic infusion of Africa, Cuba, traditional Jazz and how Cooper’s own Middle Eastern heritage adds a distinct flavor to the sound.

After my third listen it was off to Google to learn more about Mr. Cooper and his music, a sound so diverse and so tight, had to have a story that I needed to know to truly understand and enjoy the music. I read how he was influenced by his father’s Afro-Cuban record collection while growing up in Iran, studied health/fitness, arts and culture in Denmark, but never relinquished that love of music and ultimately followed that love into the United States in 1998.

The Spirit Filled Latin Jazz is the culmination of that love and desire to be a musician; the percussion Cooper plays on “Blue Bossa” hypnotizes you right until you realize that you’re now lost in the piano and horns and before you know it, the groove has taken you somewhere else, somewhere beautiful. By the time I reached “St. Thomas”, I imagined I was on a beach in St. Thomas; this is vacation music, an aural excursion above the concrete jungles that confine many of us.

I replayed “Footprint” half a dozen times, lost in the groove of the bass, woodwind and mesmerizing solo by Cooper on the congas. My wife is the Jazz aficionado in the house, so when I glanced over my shoulder to see her hips swaying to the rhythm, I knew I was on to something good. The reinterpretation of “Besame Mucho” updates a classic and makes it sexy, as is the case with “Desafinado” and “Girl from Ipanema.”

Cooper has definitely drawn from his influences and childhood favorites while constructing an album that’s based on beauty as much as it’s constructed around chords, measure, timbre, improvisation and all that Jazz. Memories of his dad’s record collection are evident as he incorporates the sounds of the past and creates a present sound that is as beautiful as a view overlooking a Caribbean beach in the middle of July…makes me want to be there right now, think I need to listen to The Spirit Filled Latin Jazz and escape from Philadelphia.
- EUR Web



1.Sun Shower
2. Fried Neckbone
3. Black Orpheus
4. Taboo
5. The Word
6. Take Five
7. Sofrito
8. Mas Que Nada
9. Manteca
10. Watermelon Man
11. Persia
12. Perfect

1. Song For my Father
2. Besame Mama
3. Blue Bossa
4. St. Thomas
5. Footprint
6. Glory
7. Summertime
8. Besame Mucho
9. Afro Blue
10. Desafinado
11. Girl From Ipanema


1.The Humble Man
2. Cantaloupe Island
3. Earth Cry Heaven Smile
4. Do Dat
5. Easter
6. I Need to Know
7. Midnight Mambo
8. Morning
9. Sway
10. Guantanamera
11. The Good Shepherd

Songs from the CDS are in rotation on Jazz Caribe Radio in Venezuela and WRFL 88.1FM (Lexington, KY)



Based in Malibu, CA, the 5-7 member band is comprised of talented international musicians playing a range of instruments from wind to percussion. Afro-Cuban Latin Jazz is their specialty. A typical performance includes: Leader and percussionist, Cooper on Congas, etc.; jazzer Artis Ford on keyboards; Mike Montenegro on bass; Bill Mason on trumpet; Marco Perez on timbales; Bill James on saxophone & flute; and on occasion, an additional wind player. Instrumental numbers like a Cooper-arranged cover of Sonny Rollins' jazz classic "St. Thomas," Jorge Ben Jor's familiar "Mas Que Nada," and some more exotic Middle-Eastern influenced jazz-funk originals make up their repertoire. The band plays live dates in the Southern California area at local hot spots. Some of their performances include: The Malibu Food & Wine Festival, LAPD’s Christmas Celebration hosted by Jay Leno, The Calabasas Fine Arts Festival, St. Patrick’s Day Celebration @ Muvico, Zin Bistro Americana, Jazz on the Hilltop, The Malibu Café, SIP Malibu, and more.