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Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet: To Hear From There

As we’ve come to expect from trombonist/bandleader Wayne Wallace, the 11 selections on To Hear From There spotlight multiple rhythms, styles and eras within the framework of Latin jazz. Interestingly, Wallace’s compositions tend to be more exciting than his quintet’s explorations of classic pieces. Juan Tizol’s “Perdido,” despite a nice vocal turn by Washington, proves pleasant but lackluster. Likewise, Tito Puente’s “Philadelphia Mambo” accurately depicts the beat but loses some fire in the presentation.

Thankfully things pick up elsewhere. There’s a torrid cover of Gilberto Valdes’ “Ogguere (Soul of the Earth)”: Michael Spiro and Paul van Wageningen ably fortify the 6/8 groove, David Belove delivers an excellent bass solo and Wallace and pianist Murray Low contribute tight yet flashy solos. Some of Wallace’s finest trombone work can be heard on J.J. Johnson’s “Lament,” and guest vocalist Bobi Cespedes is sultry and dazzling during her brilliant lead vocal on Moises Simons’ “The Peanut Vendor (El Manicero).”

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