The danceable "La Escuela" with its piano montuno and the distinctive clave of the Cuban son is dedicated to La Escuela Nacional de las Artes en Cuba, where Wallace studied in the 1990s.
Wallace shares the spotlight with Jeff and Natalie Cressman, and Dave Martell, in a battle of master trombonists on the guaguancó "Serafina del Caribe." On "Ogguere," Wallace masterfully improvise over a 6/8 groove, a rhythm common in Afro-Caribbean music and similar to the fusion of jazz and Puerto Rican bomba done by trombonist William Cepeda.
Pianist Murray Low shines on "Descarga en Blue" and "Bebo ya llego," a composition honoring Cuban legend Bebo Valdes. Wallace displays a bright, striking sense of melody on his improvisations, especially in the cha-cha-chá "Los Gatos," and in Tito Puente's "Philadelphia Mambo."
To Hear From There also includes a dazzling rendition of Juan Tizol's "Perdido," sung by Kenny Washington - Vocals, and the wonderful soneos and beautiful voice of singer Bobi Cėspedes on the Cuban classic, "The Peanut Vendor."
Track Listing: La Ecuela; Serafina Del Caribe; Wayne Wallace; Perdido; Los Gatos;
Descarga En Blue; Ogguere (Soul of the Earth); Lament; The Peanut
Vendor (El Manicero); Yemaya (The Seven Seas); ¡Bebo Ya Llego!;
Personnel: Wayne Wallace: trombone, Wagner's tuba; Murray Low: piano; David
Belove: bass; Michael Spiro: percussion; Paul van Wageningen: trap
drums; Kenny Washington: vocals; Bobi Céspedes: vocals; Jeff
Cressman: trombone; Natalie Cressman: trombone; Dave Martell:
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