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Baby, it's warm inside... and even if every artist featured on this latest revealing compilation drawn from Blue Note's influential Fifties and Sixties catalogues is a Norteno from several frontiers up toward the cold, there's a wealth of fine beach blanket bossa here. And because the Blue Note roster could boast the finest - and sharpest - commercial jazz players in the US, the bossa and latin boom found some of it's most successful expression in the hands of Stanley Turrentine, Lou Rawls, Dexter Gordon and Duke Pearson.
The first Blue Bossa compilation mined the more obvious successes. This volume skips back to 1954 and trombonist J J Johnson's early but proudly-latin Old Devil Moon, and forward to 1975 for vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson's itchily irresistible La Malanga. And alongside Lou Rawls schmoozing through Joao and Astrud Gilberto's Girl From Ipanema there's hard bop pianist Horace Parlan out-percussing his band from 1962's Heading South, and the inimitable trumpet effects of Lee Morgan chasing Joe Henderson's tenor around Billy Higgins widescreen drums from 1965.
Stan Getz may have broken through when he joined Charlie Byrd and Joao and Astrud to record Girl From Ipanema and Jobim's Desafinado on 1962's Jazz Samba, but Mick Hucknall, acid jazz and the loungecore scene prove that there's plenty of good wine left in the bossa bottle.
Jazz is a continuing revelation. The best show I ever attended was the
Roots Picnic at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia, or was it Robert
Glasper's Experiment at Lincoln Center, or was it Chick Corea with
Brian Blade at Oberlin College? Most of all I enjoy playing guitar and
composing beats with my Brooklyn-based group Space Captain.