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Lalo Schifrin: Lalo Schifrin & Friends

This album bills itself as Lalo Schifrin’s celebration of his 75th birthday and a return to his jazz roots. It is a very classy project. The sidemen Schifrin chose are accomplished veteran musicians exclusively: James Moody, James Morrison, Dennis Budimir, Brian Bromberg and Alex Acuña. The exceptional level of chops here, and the impeccable craftsmanship of Schifrin’s compositions and arrangements, makes this album feel like a rare jazz recording without a single wrong note. The recorded sound by engineer Gustavo Borner is first-rate.

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