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Bennett Paster/Gregory Ryan: Grupo Yanqui

On its second outing, this savvy New York-based Latin-jazz sextet co-led by pianist Bennett Paster and bassist Gregory Ryan puts a clever salsa spin on Chick Corea’s “Tones for Joan’s Bones” and Billy Strayhorn’s “Chelsea Bridge.” Saxophonist Chris Cheek and trumpeter Alex Norris shine in the frontline while drummer Keith Hall and percussionist Gilad percolate underneath on clave-fueled originals like Paster’s “The Kid From Albuquerque” and Ryan’s churning descarga, “If Woody Had Gone Right to the Police…”

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