Charles Fambrough

Charles Fambrough Live at Zanzibar Blue

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There are a number of downsides to this live set. Charles Fambrough's bass is mixed a bit too aggressively, and the sound is distorted in spots. Many of the tracks fade at the end, undercutting the live feel of the record. And the entire second half of the program is listed in the wrong order on the tray card. On the positive side, Fambrough enlists two of his colleagues in the Latin Jazz Project, pianist Bill O'Connell and soprano saxophonist Joe Ford, both of whom do a great job with the mostly original material. Up-and-coming monster trumpeter Sean Jones is also reason enough to give the album a spin. Drummers Wilby Fletcher or Lenny White and percussionist Roland Guerrero complete the lineup; Dolores Fambrough, the leader's wife, contributes a lovely vocal performance on "It Might as Well Be Spring."

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