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Pete Escovedo: E Music

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This most highly recommended outing from veteran percussionist, composer, vocalist and father of the equally talented Sheila E combines crack, infectious big-band Latin grooves (“Mis Amigos”) and lush, romantic moments (“Setembro”) to great effect.

The leader’s deft percussion work is wonderfully supported and further enhanced by the tart, questing solos of reedman Justo Almario, (who is particularly invigorating on “Mis Amigos” and the rhythmically slippery “Ah Bailar Cha Cha Cha”), trumpeter Ramon Flores and the barrio-meets-the-‘hood basswork of Oskar Cartaya.

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