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May 2007

Elliott Caine Quintet
Blues From Mars
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Drawing from 1960s hard bop and Latin jazz in equal measure, trumpeter Elliott Caine comes up with a pleasing if familiar sound on his third CD, mashing up Horace Silver, Tito Puente and even Charles Mingus through nine original compositions. Caine approaches his solos like a boxer, bobbing and weaving, jabbing with upper-register rabbit punches or warily circling the perimeter of his tunes. Munyungo Jackson adds percussive power to the churning β€œLa Verdad Es La Verdad,” and the title track lives up to its B-movie billing with a mix of otherworldly menace and sly humor.

Originally published in May 2007
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