Dave Valentin: Come Fly With Me (2007)
There is no direct clue in the material chosen for Come Fly With Me; several tunes are originals from long-time Valentin pianist/arranger Bill O'Connell, along with two standards. Due to the specific personnel on this date, the true nature of the music is of a higher order. Some of the best Latino players are present, including percussionists Milton Cardona and Richie Flores, along with popular trombonist Papo Vazquez. Drummer Robbie Ameen and tenor saxophonist Chris Barretto (Ray's son) appear on the Tadd Dameron ballad "If You Could See Me Now." In a typical setting, the title tune, long associated with Frank Sinatra, features Dave Valentin's lilting, almost pop/jazz flute.
In a nutshell, this is an Afro-Cuban gig, not a commercial or funk groove-type album.
Track Listing: Come Fly With Me; Twinkle Toes; Enciendido; Mind Games; If You Could See Me Now; Easy Street; Tu Panuelo; House of the Sun; Song For My Brothers.
Personnel: Dave Valentin: flute; Chris Barretto: tenor sax (5); Papa Vazquez: trombone; Bill O'Connell: piano; Liquez Cutris: acoustic bass; Robby Ameen: drums; Milton Cardona, Richie Flores: percussion.
Record Label: HighNote Records