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Papo Vasquez: Carnival in San Juan

Read "Carnival in San Juan" reviewed by Terrell Kent Holmes

Trombonist/composer/arranger Papo Vazquez, along with his group Pirates Troubadours, has just unleashed Carnival in San Juan, a multifaceted celebration which captures the spirit of its title.

And the title cut is quite an opening statement. Vazquez’ solo bursts with rapid-fire phrases, and tenor man Willie Williams follows with a rollicking upper register attack. Pianist ...

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Papo Vazquez Pirates Troubadours: Carnival In San Juan

Read "Carnival In San Juan" reviewed by Jim Santella

This hot Latin treat is a steaminng portion of Afro-Caribbean jazz that reflects the specific cultural elements found in Puerto Rico. Trombonist Papo Vazquez wrote most of the selections and interprets them with a little help from some wildly enthusiastic friends.

Vazquez, Willie Williams, Arturo O’Farrill, John Benitez and Victor Jones form the ...

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Papo Vazquez / Pirates Troubadors: Carnival In San Juan

Read "Carnival In San Juan" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

From the melting pot of Latin jazz in all its vibrant, exhilarating colors comes the music of Angel “Papo” Vazquez. He weaves a vast mosaic, bringing into play an array of styles that dwell in bomba rhythms as well as in the waltz and the gentle ministrations of a delectable ballad.

Vazquez's control of ...