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Oscar Perez / Nuevo Comienzo: Afropean Affair

Read "Afropean Affair" reviewed by Dave Wayne

On Afropean Affair , pianist/composer Óscar Pérez treads an appealing line between Afro-Latin jazz and modern jazz reminiscent of the Cuban band Irakere--or, perhaps, the first couple of Chick Corea Return to Forever discs, with saxophonist/flautist Joe Farrell and drummer Airto).

A native of New York City, Pérez's early immersion in both Afro-Cuban ...