Ed Calle: Sunset Harbor
Guests include Arturo Sandoval, who performs a brief bullfight trumpet cameo on "San Sebastian." The piece is a stirring Spanish composition that features the acoustic guitar of Rene Luis Toledo alongside the leader’s tenor saxophone. Calle plays soprano sax on two tunes: "Home Again" and "Sunset Harbor." Guest pianist Jim Gasior provides a lovely interlude on the sweeping "Marianne," which resembles a comfortable folk tune. Paquito Hechavarria’s percussive Afro-Cuban piano interlude on "Rum & Coke" stirs things up a bit, as does the Latin beat of "Sunset Harbor." A 14-piece ensemble supports Calle and Hechavarria on "Rum & Coke." The tune and the band light up with an attitude that resembles the classic 1958 Champs song "Tequila." "Colour My World," a hit for the pop/rock band Chicago, is presented tenderly by Calle’s tenor sax with his own alto flute interlude. The laid-back easy-listening atmosphere of all the other tracks is comfortable on the ears but contains very little improvisation to hold one’s interest.
Track Listing: Strollin
Personnel: Ed Calle- soprano sax, alto sax, tenor sax, baritone sax, alto flute, EWI, vocals, synthesizer bass; Paquito Hechavarria- acoustic piano; Jim Gasior, Mike Levine, Doug Emery, Steve Roitstein- keyboards, synthesizers; Dan Warner, Lindsey Blair, Rene Luis Toledo, Hiram Bullock, Tommy Anthony- guitar; Julio Hernandez, Rafael Valencia- electric bass; Tim Devine, Lee Levin- drum programming; Richard Bravo- percussion; Sam Levine- triangle; Arturo Sandoval, Tony Concepcion, Jim Hacker, Jason Carder, Alan Hood- trumpet; Dana Teboe, John Hutchison, John Kricker- trombone; Joe Barati- bass trombone; Wendy Pederson, George Noriega, Rita Quintero, Tommy Anthony- vocals.
Record Label: Concord Music Group