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Dave Valentin: Come Fly With Me

Come Fly With Me is the sort of warm, happy disc that insinuates itself in the listener’s head, growing more appealing with each spin. Valentin’s ebullient personality and spirited flute technique shine in this breezy Latin-jazz set, which is presented with class and verve.

Much of the credit for this success is due to pianist Bill O’Connell, who arranged all but one of the nine tracks, composed four of the strongest tunes, and helps to anchor the proceedings with a tasteful, skipping touch at the keys. O’Connell’s “Twinkle Toes” and “Mind Games” are snappy numbers that give Valentin plenty of room to show his flexibility, as he bends his lines around the rhythm, mixing up trills, flutters and crystalline tones. And Valentin overblows like mad on “Easy Street,” flirting with Rahsaan Roland Kirk’s half-sung whistles while the pianist strolls underneath.

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