Ray Vega: Boperation
I Bow to You... There are some things expected and some surprises. Freddie Hubbard’s convoluted “Hubtones” and Dizzy’s “Birk’s Works” are nothing new as are Clifford Brown’s “Daahoud” and Art Farmer’s “Whisper Not”, or Miles “Blue in Green/Four”. The surprises are Kenny Dorhams’s “Lotus Blossom” and Lee Morgan’s “Mr. Kenyatta”. All are played with either a bouncy Latinesque personality or a temperamental Spanish ballad machismo. Add the wiry mix of Steve Kahn’s guitar and Joe Locke’s full-bodied vibes to these standards with Vega’s superb rhythm section and you have a winner. Great Production.
Track Listing: Hub-Tones; Lotus Blossom, Boperation, Birk
Personnel: Ray Vega: Trumpet, Flugelhorn; Roger Byam: Tenor, Alto, and Soprano Saxophones; Igor Ataltia: Piano; Bernie Minoso; Vince Cherico: Drums; Wilson Corniel: Percussion; Steve Kahn Guitars; Joe Locke: Vibraphone.
Record Label: Concord Music Group