|Review by DJ John Armstrong
Latin Vibe 28th March 2004
Conjunto CACHE's performance at the Vibe on 28th March confirms the
opinion of many, that this is no longer just, 'a band to watch'---they've
finally arrived, and big-time.
One would guess from CACHE's current style that leader/timbalero
Toby's muse is the mighty Manny Oquendo of Conjuntop Libre: certainly
the group has that Libre combination of Afro-Cuban soul with good
ol' NYC swing, loose timbales solos with plenty of cencerro cowbell
in the mix, the horns lean and incisive but unafraid to step forward
and improvise when occasion calls.
Vocalist, Feliz Gonzalez knows how to make the audience pay attention;
sounds obvious, but only comes from years of experience and conviction.
The healthy mix of rearranged salsa favourites and self-composed
material had the dance floor, (bigger as from next month: watch
this space), pretty packed right through the night.
News on their upcoming gigs will be posted here, and we hope to
have them back later in the summer.