#4 on NY Times Best CDs of 2000 “A major new force in Jazz” – CMJ “The Hombres take their rightful place among the top tier of modern Cuban-influenced combos”. 4 stars.- Downbeat OffBEAT Magazine winner for Best Contemporary Jazz Album and Best Latin Album
Carnival celebrations around the world. Billboard Latin Music Award finalist for Latin Jazz Album of the Year. Guests include Trombone Shorty, Rebirth Brass Band, John Boutte, Kermit Ruffins and many more.
Grammy nominee for Best Latin Jazz Album Recorded on location in New Orleans, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Cuba. Billboard Latin Music Award nominee for Latin Jazz Album of the Year 2002 #1 local CD of 2001 – Times-Picayune
Billboard Latin Music Award nominee for Latin Jazz Album of the Year 2004 “One of the smartest, and most fun, bands anywhere – Michael Agovino, Newsweek.com “brilliant travelogue” – David Fricke, Rolling Stone “Mission accomplished” – Philip Booth, Downbeat
“This is simply an outstanding, kick-ass jazz album by any standard, a collection of brilliant arrangements and musicianship by a modern jazz quartet that not only hangs together, but seeks new adventures in a free-form, yet cohesive manner.” – The Toledo Blade