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Bobby Vince Paunetto: Composer in Public

The ’90s Paunetto, displayed on Composer in Public, is still surrounded by stellar musicians (most notably pianist Bill O’Connell), and still loves complex, precision-timed arrangements. From the fusion frenetic “Bottle the Edge,” with its darkly appealing dissonant chords, to a lightly swinging waltz passage on “Movies,” Paunetto crafts interesting mini-suites which explore. Public includes more difficult fusion adventures like “When I Get Disconnected,” which keep the old horn chorale around for punctuation. The closest cousin to Paunetto’s old work is the album’s title track, a bubbly lithe Latin number with extra emotional impact added by a string quartet. Although Composer in Public lacks the overall visceral appeal of the earlier Latin romps, it sure is nice to have Paunetto’s inventive spirit back.

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