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Lalo Schifrin: Ins and Outs and Lalo Live at the Blue Note

It would be an exercise in futility to capture all the facets of a musical Renaissance cat like Lalo Schifrin, but within the parameters of these two albums, Aleph reveals the ease with which Schifrin changes gears so effortlessly: from Afro-Cuban jazz, in “Chano,” an homage to both his mentor, Dizzy Gillespie, and Cuban conga drummer, Chano Pozo; to “Ritual,” an excerpt from Schifrin’s extended work “Latin Jazz Suite,” which, like the title, accommodates both genres even-handedly. Those two tracks, which cover nearly half the CD, were recorded live in New York in 2002 to celebrate Schifrin’s 70th birthday and contain outstanding solo playing by Dizzy’s direct descendant, trumpeter Jon Faddis, Dick Oates on sax and flute, bassist Ray Drummond and drummer Grady Tate.

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