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With just enough crackling, in-the-pocket nutritious melodies and chords, fortified with Brazilian —New York tinged—, under and over currents, Kimson Plaut’s work could have become a type of jazzy Special K had he not drowned in Puerto Rico while enjoying one of his favorites activities on November 17, 2001. Plaut's parents had retired to that island in the Caribbean and he was fond of going for a swim to a local beach that inspired the tune "Luquillo" included in this recording. No seeker of overly exotic, brainy, experimental, or lamely smooth Jazz needs to pursue this matter any further, nonetheless. This is an unyielding present-day work, genres notwithstanding. Therein lies quite a bit of its charm and enjoyable respite as it evokes familiar jazz feelings amidst Brazilian-Jazz compositional territory.
As far as I know, this is the last time trumpeter "Puchi" Boulong recorded. Boulong was active in the New York Latin scene until the early ‘70s. In this excellent recording, you can also listen to special guests such as Paquito D’Rivera, Leny Andrade and Johnny Almendra, Plaut’s former boss in the New York group Los Jóvenes del Barrio.
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.