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Miami's Spam All Stars

Reviewed January 2005 by Dustin Garlitz, Editor: JazzTalent.com


     Last weekend I caught up with Miami based DJ Le Spam and the Spam All Stars.  This group made a stop in North Florida before they left for an engagement at S.O.B.’s in New York City's Downtown Manhattan.  Their style is Afro-Cuban mixed with elements of groove.  The band’s new album, which was recorded in North Miami Beach, features the Gyrce composition Basheer’s Dream (made popular on Kenny Dorham’s Afro Cuban album from 1954).  The Spam All Stars have a wonderful flutist and alto saxophonist that like to dance with each other on stage.  

     The concert venue ‘The Atlantic’ was just footsteps away from the University of Florida's campus in Gainesville.  The club was filled with UF students who got their parents’ money worth: it was 7 dollars for two sets of live music from a six piece band!  If you are down in the Sunshine State at any time, I would recommend catching this band live.  I will see them again next month and will pick up a copy of their first album.  Everyone will be updated with their progress.