The beauty of this kind of compilation album is that
they introduce you to artists and to songs you didn’t know before.
In the case of this album the sleeve notes list the albums from which
these particular tracks are taken. I have always been a great Stanley
Turrentine fan, but I did not know of the existence of the album Gilbero
with Turrentine, which was released in 1971. I am familiar with the
tenor playing of Gato Barbiera and his playing on the Sweet Glenda
track does not disappoint. I knew that Arturo Sandoval played piano
as well as trumpet, but I didn’t know how well he played it till I
heard Stella By Starlight.
The term Latin Jazz covers a very broad church and
many different rhythms are covered in this album. This makes it much
easier to listen to than some other Latin Jazz, where the same rhythms
are used throughout and the constant banging and crashing starts to
be annoying after a while.
A lot of Latin Jazz has slipped into the kind of
music played by most so called ‘jazz’ radio stations, thankfully not
too much of that is present and most of this is the real thing!
The highlight for me was the last track where Paquito
D’Riviera plays Dizzy’s ‘Manteca’, it comes from a 1984 album Why
Not, I must look around for that one!