Ray Vega: Boperation
Like a slow hot wind or up-tempo dancing a samba, the ensemble’s sound is always colored by the presence of electric bass, congas, and a clear percussive piano. While trumpet and sax provide most of the solo work, the program also includes several spotlights on piano, electric bass, guitar, and vibraphone. Joe Locke’s vibes influence plays a vital role, particularly on the band’s arrangement of Woody Shaw’s "Stepping Stone." While Lee Morgan’s forceful "Mr. Kenyatta" thrills, Vega’s tone simply will not ring out as would be appropriate. Use of the flugelhorn on "Whisper Not" as a tribute to Art Farmer fits precisely, but unfortunately the remainder of Boperation finds Vega’s trumpet in a Latin jazz vein, filled with mushy articulation and a dusky tone quality.
Track Listing: Hub-Tones; Lotus Blossom; Boperation; Birks
Personnel: Ray Vega- trumpet, flugelhorn, percussion; Roger Byam- tenor sax, alto sax, soprano sax; Igor Atalita- piano; Bernie Mi
Record Label: Concord Music Group