CD Review: Luis Disla - The Prophecy

How can you go wrong with musicians like Abraham Laboriel, Alex Acuna, Steve Gadd and special guests Nestor Torres and Tito Puente Jr. These are just a few of the amazing talent saxophonist was able to reunite for his album The Prophecy.

The result is a collection of well constructed compositions mostly in the fusion/smooth jazz tradition ("Reasons", "Nucleus", "Brigette", "Stick to it"), some with a touch of latin jazz (Down for the Count", "The Prophecy"). And "JeDu" finds Disla and company venturing into the rhythms of Brasil.

The latin jazz track "Naima's Way" (maybe in reference to John Coltrane's Naima) with special guest, flutist Nestor Torres is one of the highlights of the album. Both Torres and Luis Disla exchange crisp and thoughtful solos on this one.

Luis Disla - alto, tenor, soprano, baritone saxophone, Jorge Luis Sosa - keyboards, Leo Quintero - guitar, Abraham Laboriel - bass, Alex Acuna - percussion, Steve Gadd - drums, Julio Diaz - trumpet, Jorge Dobal - trombone, Richard Bravo - percussion, Paul Hoyle vocals on Reasons, Nestor Torres - flute, Tito Puente Jr.

Tracks: Intro, Down for the count, Angelina, Naima's Way, Reasons, Nucleus, Brigette, JeDu, Stick to it, You don't know me, The Prophecy, Coda

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