It was inevitable: “Take Five” was bound to surface in 4/4 time. Surprisingly, the reincarnation takes place in a Latin context on Jeff Niess and Ensemble Siete’s Evolution (Mambo Maniacs). Translating the famous tune, arranger/ bassist Abiud Troche and pianist Elio Villafranca maintain rhythmic phrases of dotted quarter and eighth notes tied to half notes. Villafranca bypasses the usual “Take Five” vamp before the solos and instead inserts a montuno. And all this comes shortly after Troche converts Toots Thielemans’ “Bluesette” from 3/4 to 4/4!
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