Ray Vega Pa'Lante
- Released: April 29, 2002
- Originally Released: 2002
- Label: Palmetto Records
JazzTimes - 9/02, p.125"...It shows the lessons Vega's learned working with the legends Tito Puente, Ray Barretto, Mongo Santamaria and Celia Cruz..."
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Personnel: Ray Vega (trumpet, cornet, flugelhorn); Bobby Porcelli (alto saxophone); Igor Atalita (piano); Boris Kozlov (bass); Willie Martinez (drums); Wilson "Chembo" Corniel (congas).
Includes liner notes by Ray Vega.
Ray Vega moves from Concord to Palmetto for Pa'lante, an energetic sextet outing. The trumpeter is deeply immersed in bop and post-bop, as he makes clear with imaginative Latin arrangements of Charlie Parker's "Yardbird Suite," Duke Jordan's "Flight to Jordan," Wayne Shorter's priceless "El Gaucho," and, most audaciously, the first movement of John Coltrane's A Love Supreme. (Vega's choice of cornet for the Shorter tune is interesting.) Alto saxophonist Bobby Porcelli extends the post-bop theme with an original titled "K.D.," dedicated to Kenny Dorham and based on "Alone Together" changes. Vega contributes four originals -- all good, but not as memorable as the covers. Bassist Boris Kozlov shines on the mid-tempo, minor-key "Prayer of Jabez" and a stinging arco introduction to the Coltrane piece. Pianist Igor Atalita, drummer Willie Martinez, and percussionist Wilson "Chembo" Corniel also weigh in with strong playing throughout. ~ David R. Adler
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