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- Released: July 26, 2004
- Label: Concord Records
JazzTimes - 3/97, p.103
"This eponymous debut by the trumpeter best known for his work with Tito Puente is surprisingly relaxed and low key; quietly expressive rather than explosive..."
- 3.Afternoon in Paris
- 5.No Two People
- 6.Partido Alto
- 7.It's a New York Thing, ...
- 8.Alone Together
- 9.Psalm 150
Personnel: Ray Vega (trumpet, flugelhorn, percussion); Cookie Vega (vocals); Roger Byam (soprano & tenor saxophones); Craig Rivers (tenor saxophone, flute, piccolo); Christopher Washburne (trombone, percussion); John Di Martino (piano, electric piano); Jairo Moreno (electric bass); Vince Cherico (drums, percussion); Wilson "Chembo" Corniel (congas, percussion).
Personnel: Raymond Vega (trumpet); Ray Vega (trumpet, flugelhorn, percussion); Craig Rivers (flute, piccolo, tenor saxophone); Roger Byam (soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Christopher Washburne (trombone, percussion); John Di Martino (piano, electric piano); Jairo Moreno (electric bass); Vince Cherico (drums, percussion); Wilson "Chembo" Corniel, Jr. (congas, percussion).
Audio Mixer: Paul Wickliffe.
Liner Note Author: Alfredo Alvarado.
Recording information: Sound On Sound Recording, Inc., New York, NY (05/21/1996/05/02/1996).
Photographers: Teri Bloom; Janet Sommer.
Arrangers: Mark Leontovich; Ray Vega ; Christopher Washburne; Bobby Porcelli.
Trumpeter Ray Vega, who has mostly played in Afro-Cuban jazz settings (including with Mongo Santamaria, Ray Barretto, and Tito Puente), mostly emphasizes hard bop on his self-titled debut, especially on "Greenhouse" (based on "What Is This Thing Called Love") and a medium-slow "Alone Together." However he also performs some Latin music and Wilson "Chembo" Corniel is prominent on conga. Vega's combo (which includes tenor saxophonist Roger Byam) is skillful at switching between the two overlapping styles. A fine effort. ~ Scott Yanow