Papo V: At The Point Vol. 2
Vázquez, 42, grew up in the heart of North Philadelphia’s Puerto Rican community and now travels the world to share his enthusiasm for hard bop Latin jazz. Showing a J.J. Johnson influence at faster tempos, Vázquez remembers to make it enjoyable. About halfway through "Juan José" the trombonist slips a little quote of "Guantanamera" into his trombone solo.
To complement his trombone ballad feature, Vázquez sings briefly and softly for "In This Lonely Place" to enhance the romantic mood espoused by his composition. The remainder of the session runs with energy at a fast pace. Dave Valentin guests on "Juan José" with lyrical flute work, while tenor saxophonists Michael Brecker and Willie Williams jam with charged-up energy. Brecker appears on three tracks; Williams on two. O’Farrill offers interlude solos throughout the session that are both energetic and creative. The pianist stretches out, bathing in the hot atmosphere provided by Papo Vázquez and his hard bop ensemble.
Track Listing: The Reverend; It
Personnel: Papo V
Record Label: Cubop