Cuba has an amazing impact on jazz players. Once the island’s rhythm sinks its teeth into an unsuspecting soul, he or she is immediately transformed. Such is the case with bassist-composer Harvie S, whose sojourn to the forbidden island prompted a mid-career change from straightahead to Latin jazz. In Funky Cha, his fourth release as a leader, “S” showcases the intimate setting of quartet with added percussion (on several tracks), although drummer William “Beaver” Bausch is fully able to maintain the Latin grooves on his own. While the recording is a bit dry, it comes across with the energy of a club performance.
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