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(pronounced Group-o Yan key) is headed by the young New Yorkers Bennett Paster and Gregory Ryan. These guys play a brand of jazz that is very much in your head. It is erudite and inventive and very, very listenable. Gregory Ryan's "Miller Time" is a Lee Morgan "Cornbread" Hard Bop played with a Bobby Watson Latin flare. Other Latinesque tones come from Bennett Paster's "Mona Se Queda" and the standard "How Are Things in Gloccamora?" these fine young musicians are intent on producing a hip brand of Latin Jazz drawn through the high polish of an Anglo prism. Saxophonists Terry Cabrera and Chris Cheek carry the band from one song to the next, hoisted by Paster's full-fisted piano. Latin percussion is evident everywhere, providing the music with a salsa shiver. Grupo Yanqui is a fine start. It is about time this group be heard by a label.
Track Listing: Miller Time; Mona Se Queda; How Are Things In Gloccamora; Elna; Storytime; Fantasy;. Tema para Yosvany; May Eye; Que Venga el Dia; Oaktown Morning Blues; Cactus Mambo. (Total Playing Time: 70:41).
Personnel: Bennett Paster: Piano; Gregory Ryan: Bass; Rob Garcia: Drums; Yosvanny Terry Cabrera: Saxophone; Chris Cheek: Saxophone Dafnis Prieto: Percussion, Gilad, Percussion.
I love jazz because it mixes intellect and emotion in a very spontaneous way.
I was first exposed to jazz by liberating a Coltrane and a Pharoah Sanders record from a friend in NYC and listening to them over and over until I got it.
My advice to new listeners is you have to take the time to listen to some jazz tunes a number of times until it starts to make sense.