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Vega, Carlos / Bird's Up
Album:Bird's Up Collection:Jazz
Artist:Vega, Carlos Added:07/2017
Label:Origin 

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Add Date:2017-08-26 Pull Date:2017-10-28 Charts:Jazz
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Album Review
Be Sharp
Reviewed 2017-08-15 
JAZZ: SMALL ENSEMBLE

Saxophonist Carlos Vega leads his quintet through a set of 10 tracks, all of them his original compositions. The lineup is tenor & soprano saxophones by Vega, plus trumpet (sometimes flugelhorn), piano & Fender Rhodes piano, bass, and drums. Track #3 has a bigger group, with added female vocalist, electric guitar, second flugelhorn, and trombone.

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1 * Mid-fast. Bright & lively. Long solos on Rhodes piano, trumpet, soprano sax. (9:56)
2 ** Fast. High energy hard bop. Solos on trumpet, tenor sax, acoustic piano. (5:36)
3 Slow waltz time. Vega on soprano. Bigger group (see the intro above). Uninspired. (5:49)
4 Slow piano intro, then mid-fast. Trumpet & sax share melody. Piano solo. (6:53)
5 Mid-slow, mellow. Intro on horns. Solos on flugelhorn, Rhodes, tenor, bass. (7:01)
6 * Mid-tempo. Toe-tapping hard bop. Long solos on piano, trumpet, tenor, drums. (7:01)
7 ** Mid-tempo, swingin’. Solos on bass, soprano sax, piano. (5:00)
8 Fast. Enthusiastic but scattered. Solos on trumpet, tenor, drums. Piano ‘comp. (8:11)
9 ** Mid-tempo, bluesy shuffle. Good solos on trumpet, tenor, piano, bass. Fun! (5:53)
10 Slow. Solo piano intro. Tenor & trumpet unison melody, then solos. Gentle. (8:13)

Track Listing
1.On A Mission 6.Swayed Elements
2.Bird's Up 7.Curve Ball
3.Untitled Waltz For The Wednesday 8.The Wizard Swings
4.Los Osos Grandiosos 9.Reflections Of Happy
5.Morphology Of Freedom 10.A Play For Keeps