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Pan Con Bistec –akin to a steak sandwich– is a laborer’s staple among Spanish Caribbean populations. Accordingly, Bobby Ramírez doesn’t seek Latin Jazz gourmets on this compact disc. All items in the menu are familiar, as is their presentation and service. He’s an enterprising journeyman who gives you all he’s got, daring to be the junior leader amidst seniors. Ramírez responds and interrelates with them with a kind of sax and flute playing, as well as writing, that responds to the musical equivalent of a manual work ethic. There are no artifices or gutted corners here, just plenty of feeling on everyone’s part, and enjoyment of making music together.
The rumbling bass playing of Ramsés Colón; the comping, soloing and ensemble work of all three keyboardists; and a more heated look at master violinist Britos Ruiz of Haden’s Nocturne fame should draw some attention out there. Amidst all tunes, however, Ramírez weaves his performances binding the troupe onwards. Overall, as their interpretation of “Waltz For Debby” illustrates rather well, the accessibility of the material does not let the listener off the hook as it engages both interest and attraction.
I was first exposed to jazz as a middle school band student. A college ensemble passed through and put on a concert for the band students (of which I was one). The level of mastery and musicianship blew me away, intimidated, and inspired me
I was first exposed to jazz as a middle school band student. A college ensemble passed through and put on a concert for the band students (of which I was one). The level of mastery and musicianship blew me away, intimidated, and inspired me. Try as I might, I was never able to achieve a high enough level of competency to perform at the level I was first and subsequently exposed to. Regardless, I was hooked on jazz and remain so to this day.