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Hernandez, Oscar / Art Of Latin Jazz, The
Album:Art Of Latin Jazz, The Collection:Out for Review
Artist:Hernandez, Oscar Added:04/2017
Label:Origin Records 

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Add Date:2017-04-19 Pull Date:2017-06-21 Charts:Jazz
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Album Review
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Reviewed 2017-04-06 
LATIN JAZZ

Grammy winner, pianist, composer Oscar Hernandez usually leads the Spanish Harlem Orchestra. (ZK shows 4 well reviewed albums and >100 prior plays.) Here Hernandez fronts a smaller (5-6 player) group. We get the usual Latin Jazz formula: perky, bouncy melodies mixing sax & trumpet leads (or a flute sometimes); piano & perc accompaniment.

Mostly instrumental (but #3 has vocal). No FCC issues.

1 * Mid-fast. Bright, bouncy, danceable. Alto sax, trumpet, piano trade the lead. (4:20)
2 ** Fast. Joyous. Starts with bright, cheery flute. Piano & trumpet also take solos. (6:01)
3 Mid-tempo. Pretty melody on flute; piano & perc ‘comp. Male vocal in Spanish. (5:21)
4 Mid-tempo. Perc start. Laid-back, mellow trumpet & sax. Elec bass solos. (5:53)
5 * Mid-fast. Warm tenor sax, bright trumpet. Long perc break. Energetic. (5:13)
6 Fast. Jerky, hop-scotch melody on trumpet & sax, with trills, runs. Piano break. (5:05)
7 Slow solo piano intro, then mid-fast as band joins. Short rhythmic motif repeated. (5:45)
8 * Mid-fast. Exuberant tenor sax leads most of the way. Piano, bass, perc ‘comp. (4:13)
9 Mid-slow. Sad love song on sax. Piano, bass, drums ‘comp. (5:16)
10 Mid-tempo. Warm tenor sax tone. Easy going at first, but gains energy. (5:58)

Track Listing
1.The Art Of Latin Jazz 6.Espn Blues
2.One Day Soon 7.Fort Apache
3.Danzon Para Las Seis 8.Entre Amigos
4.Timeshift 9.Como Te Amo
5.Right On 10.Alma Libre