I always heard a Jelly Roll Morton "Spanish Tinge" in Gillespie—Parker’s "Shaw ‘Nuff" and sure enough, Bobby Sanabria coaxed a tinge into a full-blown blossom. That is just the first of two Be Bop anthems on this superb Latin-jazz outing. "Shaw Nuff" is blistering under the fire of Jay Collins’ tenor saxophone and Sanabria’s drumming. An auspicious opening that can only be honored with and equally auspicious closing, Sanabria breathes Latin fire into "Be Bop." Perfect tension is maintained by Sanabria’s brilliant drumming and Collins’ equally bright tenor. A strolling 4/4 interlude with a John Di Martino piano solo breaks the festivities just in time as this listener expected whiplash at any moment. "Soleshia" is a cool, off-beat ballad, while "Funky Mr. D" slinks into a light Bossa feel. "Blue" sports some free-form poetry by Roberto Sanabria in front drums and bass. "El Trane" derives its name from Elvin Jones and John Coltrane and serves a fitting tribute to those titans, right down to Martino’s very Tyneresque piano. Khaeon continues to release some of the best Latin-related recordings today.
I love jazz because it is both challenging and exhilarating, and the endeavor of improvisation is the highest form of art.
I met so many great musicians--including my two earliest heroes, Maynard Ferguson and Dizzy Gillespie--by attending concerts
and being willing to treat them with the respect they deserve.
The best show I ever attended was the Pat Metheny/Ornette Coleman Song X concert at Cornell University.
The first jazz record I bought was an RCA compilation by Dizzy Gillespie.
My advice to new listeners is to not be afraid to listen to something because you're not familiar with the artists or the band or
the genre or anything - this is music that is best experienced through discovery.