is a seasoned veteran and that he understands that music is supposed to be fun (as well as challenging and proficient). The listener is invited to move and dance in the groove-heavy and Latin- tinged "Obsession" (written by Pedro Flores), as well as Afro- Cuban rhythms of "Mambo Inn" (written by Mario Bauza
's "Overjoyed," which closes the CD with a positive affirmation of how a vibrant interplay of rhythm and a well-known melody can transform a timeless song into a new experience. Another standout track is "Ojos de Rojo," with aggressive percussion by Dominique Patrick Noel
With a joyful and rhythm-influenced interpretation of popular and lesser known tunes, ,em>"It's All About the Rhythm" provides a satisfying collection of pieces for the casual jazz fan as well as the jazz aficionado.
Track Listing: Obsession; Simone; (Summer)Estate; Mambo Inn; Chan's Song; (They Long To
Be) Close To You; Speak Low; Sunshower; Ojos de Rojo; Overjoyed.
Personnel: EC3: drums; Sammy Manguia: piano (1, 4,10); Michael Bowie: bass (1-5,
7, 9-10); Dominique Patrick Noel: percussion (1, 3-6, 9-10); Teddy
Baker: tenor sax (1, 7, 9); Arch "Al" Thompson: flute (1, 4, 9);
Janelle Gill: piano (2-3, 5, 7, 9); Clint Hyson: percussion (3, 5);
Paul Jung: percussion (3, 5); Laura Sosa: vocal (3); Dr. Jose Manuel
Garcia: piano (6); Craig Shaw: bass (6); Francisco "Frankie"
Quinones: percussion (6); Melvin Jones: trumpet (6); William Knowles:
piano (8); Mark Saltman: bass (8).