Giovanni Hidalgo and saxophonist, Chico
Freeman, stopped by the LP® Photo Studio
on June 2, 1999 for a photo session and
talked about the recent work they did together
in Europe and America. One of the
venues that they were especially proud to
mention was Queen Elizabeth Hall in London,
where they said the show was "beyond"
sold-out. It was actually oversold.
In addition, they just came back from a
gig in Pennsylvania in the United States.
toured with Chico Freeman's group Guataca.
Chico told me, the word guataca means hoe
blade in Spanish. As a matter of fact, it
is this hoe blade that is used for beating
out rhythm with a metal striker for certain
Afro-Cuban music. Guataca also has a secondary
meaning. It means a person with big
ears, or in other words, someone with a
keen sense of good music. This group
has a keen sense of good music. It consists
of Chico Freeman on reeds, Hilton Ruiz on
piano, Ruben Rodriguez on bass, Yoron Israel
on drums, and Mauricio Smith on flute and
was especially fascinated to learn that
Chico is a computer wiz and an Emagic's
LogicAudio expert. I expect to be
calling on him to help me through this great
sound editing program.