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Wayne Wallace: To Hear From There (2011)

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Wayne Wallace continues to explore the infectious Afro-Cuban rhythms on To Here From There, the follow-up to his 2010 Grammy-nominated album, Bien Bien!< (Patois Record, 2009).

Wallace is a trombonist with vast experience that includes collaborations with artists such as Count Basie
Count Basie
Count Basie
1904 - 1984
piano
, Joe Henderson
Joe Henderson
Joe Henderson
1937 - 2001
sax, tenor
, Lionel Hampton
Lionel Hampton
Lionel Hampton
1908 - 2002
vibraphone
, Sonny Rollins
Sonny Rollins
Sonny Rollins
b.1930
saxophone
and Tito Puente
Tito Puente
Tito Puente
1923 - 2000
band/orchestra
. Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet plays like they were born in Cuba.

The danceable "La Escuela" with its piano montuno and the distinctive clave of the Cuban son is dedicated to La Escuela Nacional de las Artes en Cuba, where Wallace studied in the 1990s.

Wallace shares the spotlight with Jeff and Natalie Cressman, and Dave Martell
Dave Martell
b.1959
trombone
, in a battle of master trombonists on the guaguancó "Serafina del Caribe." On "Ogguere," Wallace masterfully improvise over a 6/8 groove, a rhythm common in Afro-Caribbean music and similar to the fusion of jazz and Puerto Rican bomba done by trombonist William Cepeda
William Cepeda
William Cepeda

trombone
.

Pianist Murray Low shines on "Descarga en Blue" and "Bebo ya llego," a composition honoring Cuban legend Bebo Valdes
Bebo Valdes
Bebo Valdes
1918 - 2013
piano
. Wallace displays a bright, striking sense of melody on his improvisations, especially in the cha-cha-chá "Los Gatos," and in Tito Puente's "Philadelphia Mambo."

To Hear From There also includes a dazzling rendition of Juan Tizol
Juan Tizol
Juan Tizol
1900 - 1984
trombone
's "Perdido," sung by Kenny Washington - Vocals
Kenny Washington - Vocals
Kenny Washington - Vocals
b.1957
vocalist
, and the wonderful soneos and beautiful voice of singer Bobi Cėspedes on the Cuban classic, "The Peanut Vendor."

Track Listing: La Escuela; Serafina del Caribe; Perdido; Los Gatos; Descarga en Blue; Ogguere (Soul of the Earth); Lament; The Peanut Vendor (El Manicero); Yemaya (The Seven Seas); Bebo ya llego!; Philadelphia Mambo.

Personnel: Wayne Wallace: trombone, tuba, vocals; Murray Low: piano, vocals; David Belove: bass, vocals; Paul van Wageningen: trap drums, vocals; Michael Spiro: percussion, vocals; Kenny Washington: vocals (3); Bobi Cespedes: vocals (8); Jeff Cressman: trombone (2); Natalie Cressman: trombone (2); Dave Martell: trombone (2).

Record Label: Patois Records

Style: Latin/World


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