This new release is a 'latin side of' tribute to the compositional genius of Billy Strayhorn. Drawing on my experience working in Latin American idioms, I have reimagined ten of Strayhorn's classic songs, incorporating Afro-Cuban chants, timba, and elements from Puerto Rico and Argentina. The CD, released on Zoho Music July 9th, 2013, features contributions from special guests Pedrito Martinez, Obanilu Ire, Chembo Corniel, and Benjamin Lapidus. Also featured on five songs is vocalist Christelle Durandy.

The CD Release Party for La Rumba is A Lovesome Thing was held at the Greenwich House in NYC's West Village on July 11th; it was an incredible night, the band was on fire and the house was packed!


"Mr. Carlon's treatment is the best kind of fresh take on classic material, rendered with a perfect balance of adoration and irreverence that never misses the mark."
--Will Friedwald, The Wall Street Journal

“Saxophonist Paul Carlon’s Latin look at the compositions of Billy Strayhorn goes all the way on a cover of “Take the ‘A’ Train." The arrangement includes five-horn chords, tres riffing from Benjamin Lapidus, Christelle Durandy’s strong vocals, a determined funk section and a focused, percussion-fueled trombone solo from Mike Fahie (Four Stars)."
--Brad Farberman, Downbeat Magazine

“Carlon brings Strayhorn’s work into a new light on La Rumba Is a Lovesome Thing, delivering thoughtful arrangements that respectfully re-imagine the composer’s work through Cuban traditions. The result is a beautiful collection of thoughtfully constructed arrangements that highlight the genius of Strayhorn’s writing while giving us some insight into Carlon’s modern musical world."
-- Chip Boaz, The Latin Jazz Corner

“Latin Jazz at its very best, exquisite arranging and improvising. You are just not going to find musicians that understand the Strayhorn language and Afro-Cuban music with this level of depth. Outstanding CD, I cannot recommend it enough."
--Composer/Bassist Pedro Giraudo