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Bill O’Connell: Triple Play

The old adage that good things come in small packages is proven once again in Latin-jazz pianist Bill O’Connell’s latest and seventh disc as leader. Instead of the large ensemble typically associated with Latin jazz, you have a trio (even a couple of duo tracks); in place of big, brassy instruments, there’s flute (courtesy of Latin-jazz veteran and longtime O’Connell compadre Dave Valentin) and smaller drums (congas, cajón and timbales, played by another accomplished Latin player, Richie Flores). Then there are the little touches-a hint of O’Connell’s classical training in the elegiac “A Call for Sanity” or blues in “Flying By”-and little jokes like the multiple meanings of the zippy title track or the Afro-Cuban based “Second Son.”

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