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Danilo Perez: Central Avenue (Impulse! IMPD-279).

Danilo Perez: Central Avenue (Impulse! IMPD-279)

Young pianist Danilo Perez is a fresh Latin breeze in the world of jazz, making music that sounds new and exciting, yet warm and comfortable at the same time. On this outing, his fourth as a leader, he fronts various trios and slightly larger aggregations, supported by players such as Jeff "Tain" Watts or Jeff Ballard on drums, John Patittuci or John Benitz on bass, and several percussionists; and the final cut on the CD, "Panama Blues," features the world-weary voice of Panamanian singer Raul Vital. What is so special about Perez is the way he is able to blend traditional jazz forms with his Latin sensibility to make music that is so well integrated. It's too Latin to be straight jazz, but it still sounds like good jazz, not Latin music. It is music that is expressive, but never overheated; moreover, it never sounds stereotypical -- it remains original throughout, even when borrowing from traditional Latin elements or from Thelonious Monk. Adding to the appeal of Central Avenue is the sound quality, which is excellent (recorded and mixed by veteran Al Schmitt, to whom we owe a nod of respect and appreciation).--KWN
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Author:Nehring, Karl W.
Publication:Sensible Sound
Date:Feb 1, 2000
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