Viva La Musica. Pregnant with percussion, Boperation is a standards light beam passed through a Latin prism. The result is an infectious salsa slant on hallowed music ably directed by trumpeter Ray Vega. Vega chooses carefully songs composed by ostensibly his greatest influences if not those he recognizes for the necessary artists the are (were). His tone is at once Miles, Birks, and Clifford. Oh, how brilliant and what a start to hear, like a dream where you talk on the phone with that long gone relative you loved so much.
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.
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.
I love jazz because it's sophisticated, international, atmospheric yet free, cool and warm.
I was first exposed to jazz through the sultry voice and flawless swing of my mother.
I met Mark Murphy, David Linx, Kurt Elling, and Youn Sun Nah.
The best show I ever attended was Youn Sun Nah in Paris.
The first jazz record I bought was Native Dancer by Wayne Shorter and Milton Nascimento
My advice to new listeners: open your mind and your ears, forget about structure, feel the textures.
Go see live music and keep buying CDs!