Fried Plantains


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Review Text Unlikely guitar guru George Pajon, Jr., probably best known for his work with pop-rap hitmakers the Black Eyed Peas, offers a new perspective for what jazz guitar is all about. His 2005 release, Fried Plantains is the least guitar-centric record led by a guitar player in quite some time. Funky lines and deep grooves are the order of the day, with writing that has a very vintage, chitlin' circuit feel. Hammond B-3s and fuzz tone overdrive abounds, mingling and churning over an ever-present, less-is-more drum groove. Without a blistering, pyrotechnic guitar passage to be found, the whole record has a very relaxed, low-rider kind of vibe to it. Featuring drummer Mike Clark, one of hip-hop's most sampled drummers of all time; fellow Black Eyed Peas veteran, bass player Mike Fratantuno; jazz-funk pioneer, organist/keyboard player Robert Walter; and fusion drumming great Robin Dimaggio as Pajon's base, all the right ingredients are there for a good 'n' greasy, home-cooked disc. Though maybe lacking the interest for a jazz aficionado's sit-down listen, Fried Plantains is a great disc for a relaxed hang. ~ Evan C. Gutierrez

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CD: 1

  1. 1. Sunday Best - 6:44
  2. 2. Chipp'd Toof - 5:41
  3. 3. Smoke and Mirrors - 5:01
  4. 4. UHF - 6:56
  5. 5. Latin Vibe - 5:08
  6. 6. Horndoggin' (Sloppy Seconds) - 4:23
  7. 7. Rings - 5:25
  8. 8. Bigg Fizz - 4:17
  9. 9. 3D Hustle - 4:57
  10. 10. Mustard - 6:39
  11. 11. Childhood - 10:12

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