262

Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet: To Hear From There

By

Sign in to view read count
Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet: To Hear From There Trombonist/composer Wayne Wallace and his music could probably be characterized by any number of clichéd phrases, but why use a cliché when the truth will do. The truth is that Wayne Wallace's To Hear From There is a far better record than its Grammy-nominated predecessor, ¡Bien Bien! (Patois, 2009), and that's saying a lot. Wallace's greatest gift to the music on To Hear From There is that he approaches it respectfully. Wallace, an American man of African ancestry, performs Latin jazz as though it's his birthright. Not in the sense that he sounds as though he feels entitled to anything, but rather that he sounds like a man who has discovered a connection that defies choice.

More than just a Latin jazz album To Hear From There includes elements of African music, jazz, and just a touch of funk. Wallace is not alone on this project. To Hear From There is credited to the Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet, with vocalists Kenny Washington - Vocals and Bobi Céspedes sitting in as special guest performers, amongst others.

Washington adds a nice touch to Juan Tizol's "Perdido." He's a dynamic singer and he fits right in with the music. And speaking of the music, it is executed so beautifully that, at times, the group sounds like one grand instrument, the music and vocals together offering a complete performance. Murray Low 's piano work, along with David Belove's steady bass anchor, gives life to "Los Gatos," setting the tone for where the music should go; each of the rest of the musicians building on the piano and bass foundation. Gilberto Valdes' "Ogguere" offers some funk, with the melody sounding, at times, like Nina Simone's remake of Aretha Franklin's "Save Me." It's fun; it's funky; and it's a good representation of the rhythms that African and Latin music share in common.

"The Peanut Vendor" showcases Céspedes's rich and emotive tone, as she takes the Moises Simon composition into her capable hands, taking the music straight to Cuba. While "Serafina Del Caribe" is a collaborative trombone effort, featuring Wallace along with guests Jeff Cressman and his daughter Natalie, along with Dave Martell, "Lament"—a song written by one of the titans of jazz trombone, J.J. Johnson—gives the leader an opportunity to showcase his own prowess on his instrument. Wallace's performance is a true lament, sounding as though he's trying to push words that convey sentiments of longing and despair out of his horn, while members of the quintet provide a Latin balance to his straight-ahead approach.

For all that To Hear From There represents musically—jazz, African rhythms, funk, Mambo, Cha-cha-cha, Cuban Son, Timba—it is one thing above all others: art. You'd need to hear it to believe it.


Track Listing: La Escuela; Serafina Del Caribe; Perdido; Los Gatos; Descarga En Blue; Ogguere (Soul of the Earth); Lament; The Peanut Vendor (El Manicero); Yemaya (The Seven Seas); ¡Bebo Ya LLego!; Philadelphia Mambo.

Personnel: Wayne Wallace: trombone; Murray Low: piano; David Belove: bass; Paul van Wageningen: trap drums; Michael Spiro: percussion; Kenny Washington: vocals (3); Bobi Céspedes: vocals (8); Jeff Cressman: trombone (2); Natalie Cressman: trombone: (2); Dave Martel: trombone (2).

Year Released: 2011 | Record Label: Patois Records | Style: Latin/World


Shop

More Articles

Read The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture CD/LP/Track Review The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Coldest Second Yesterday CD/LP/Track Review Coldest Second Yesterday
by John Sharpe
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Follow Your Heart CD/LP/Track Review Follow Your Heart
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 25, 2017
Read The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door CD/LP/Track Review The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Chicago II CD/LP/Track Review Chicago II
by Doug Collette
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Over the Rainbow CD/LP/Track Review Over the Rainbow
by Paul Rauch
Published: February 24, 2017
Read "Slag" CD/LP/Track Review Slag
by Mark Corroto
Published: January 29, 2017
Read "Chicago II" CD/LP/Track Review Chicago II
by Doug Collette
Published: February 25, 2017
Read "San José Suite" CD/LP/Track Review San José Suite
by Nigel Campbell
Published: December 2, 2016
Read "Unstatic" CD/LP/Track Review Unstatic
by Karl Ackermann
Published: August 11, 2016
Read "Gold" CD/LP/Track Review Gold
by Jim Olin
Published: January 25, 2017
Read "Moving Still" CD/LP/Track Review Moving Still
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: October 5, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!