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Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet – Intercambio

As if he knew the day would come when the United States would normalize relations with Cuba, six-time Grammy nominee Wayne Wallace celebrates the deepening cultural connection between the two nations. Intercambio (Patois Records, 2015) brings the Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet together with several additional players.

Wallace is a composer, producer, arranger, trombonist and head of the Patois label. The rest of the quintet are David Belove, bass; Colin Douglas, trap drums, timbales and percussion; Murray Low, piano; and Michael Spiro, congas, bongo, percussion and arrangements. Guest artists who appear here and there are Mary Fetig, flute; Mads Tolling, Jenna Barghouti and Joy Vucekovich, violin; Benjamin Wagner, viola; Graham Cullen, cello; Joe Galvin, steel drum and percussion; Dan Coffman, Brennan Johns and Sean Weber, trombone; and Edgardo Cambon, Jesus Diaz and John Santos, vocals.

“Casa Del Sol” opens the set. With Fetig and Tolling adding some depth, it’s a stylish mambo piece, dedicated to Eddie Palmieri. As described in the liner notes, the music reflects Palmieri’s love for the cross-cultural effects of Cuban music with McCoy Tyner, Thelonious Monk and jazz. The rhythm section is a centerpiece throughout, but Tolling and Wallace get moments to stretch out a bit.

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Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet – Latin Jazz – Jazz Latin

Horns, percussion and danceable rhythms are an essential combination for Latin jazz. Add to that stellar performances from all players, including guest musicians, and a biographical sketch of each song, and you get Latin Jazz – Jazz Latin (Patois Music, 2013) by the Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet.

Wallace, a trombonist, composer and five-time Grammy nominee has been with the Bay Area music scene since the 1970s. Instead of the usual presence of brass, the album emphasizes flutes and violins.

The core band is comprised of Wallace; Murray Low, piano; David Belove, bass; Colin Douglas, trap drums; and Michael Spiro, percussion. Guests who appear on selected tracks are John Worley, trumpet; Masura Koga, tenor saxophone; Mary Fettig and 17-year-old Elena Pinderhughes, flute; Jeremy Cohen, Tregar Otton and Mads Tolling, violin; Pete Escovedo, timbales; John Santos, Orlando Torriente, Jesus Diaz and Mike Mixtacki, vocals.

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