Ray Vega: Squeeze Squeeze (2004)
Mr. Vega’s sextet is equally effective on the recording. The last number of years has seen the re-emergence of the little big band, nonets and dectettes. Ray Vega is further slimming down these numbers to produce a full-bodied sound. This is well illustrated in recent recordings by Joe Lovano, Martial Solal, and Carla Bley. The trumpeter’s band hits on all cylinders focusing on his Latin bop roots, highlighting the importance of percussionist Wilson Corneil and drummer Adam Weber. The recording, on the whole, is very accessible and absolutely infectious, betraying that secret of Latin culture: happiness. That is something we all should have.
Track Listing: Black Nile; Smile, You?re In Beirut; Contemplation; Ne Quitez Pas; Squeeze, Squeeze; Both; Salazar; Sky; Crescent Moon; La Tercera.
Personnel: Ray Vega?Trumpet And Assorted Winds; Bobby Porcelli?Alto Saxophone, Igor Atalita?Piano; Greg August?Bass; Wilson Corniel?Congas, Percussion; Adam Weber?Drums.
Record Label: Palmetto Records