Mark Weinstein : Con Alma

Slicing nimbly through the humid air, veteran flutist Mark Weinstein draws precise melodic lines and tight ornamental spirals across this jaunty, standards-laced set of straight-ahead Latin jazz. He tends to keep the proceedings on an even keel, but can also drive headlong into bright pyrotechnics when the occasion demands. Mark Levine adds tasteful piano flourishes with a touch of soul, while the drum/conga duo of Mauricio Herrera and Pedrito Martinez works as a seamless unit, providing a hefty rhythmic boost on the disc’s delightful second half.