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Ray Barretto and New World Spirit are one of the finest ensembles in Latin jazz and on the elegantly swinging "Trancedance" they prove why throughout. The date opens with a simply wonderful arrangement of a simply wonderful Monty Alexander tune, "Renewal". Pianist John Di Martino's solo is a delight, as is the playing of special guest James Moody, here and on the other four numbers he contributes to. Trumpeter John Baily and the tireless percussion section shine on the Randy Weston classic "Hi-Fly". Former NWS trumpeter Michael Mossman's arrangement of Barretto's title track should be recognized as an instant modern jazz classic. The angular, brooding lines, the tight groove and intelligent harmonies and masterful execution by the ensemble, lead by saxophonist Adam Kolker are simply superb. The master composer and arranger hook up again for "Iberian Interlude" and the results are similar - smart, fresh and soulful! Adam Kolker's arrangement of "Fever" is another example of the jazz mind at work - rescuing a tired, overdone and pretentious tune with careful jazz interpretation, and the clave's just the thing. This music succeeds on many levels, mainly it gets your feet tapping and your brain reacting. "Trancedance" is another musical success from the great Ray Barretto and his fine ensemble.
Track Listing: Renewal; Hi-Fly; Trancedance; Para Que Niegas; I Remember Tito; Sunset/OnThe Trail (From The Grand Canyon Suite); Round About Midnight; Iberian Interlude; Fever.
Personnel: Ray Barretto: percussion, vocals; Greg August: bass; John Bailey: trumpet' Vince Cherico: drums; John Di Martino: piano; Adam Colker: tenor saxophone; James Moody: flute, tenor saxophone; Los Papines: percussion.
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com