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by Dave Hughes
First of all, let me admit a bias. As a trombonist, there are few sounds more beautiful to my ears than an ensemble of trombones. Combine this with another passion, the seductive throbbing of cuban percussion, and you have a combination that's tough to beat. Manny Oquendo and Libre live up to this potential on their latest Milestone outing, Ahora. Most of the program is spirited yet polished. While it's not the most extroverted Cuban dance or party music you'll ...read more