Humberto Ramírez

Jazz Project

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The music on Jazz Project is rather erratic, ranging from easy listening ballads, poppish pieces, and music designed for potential airplay to two Afro-Cuban jazz gems ("Pacifico" and "Cohension") that show what the CD could have been. The personnel changes from track to track with much of the music being unfortunately rather lightweight, other than the two mentioned pieces which include such players as saxophonists Justo Almario and David Sanchez, pianist Edsel Gomez, and percussionists Alex Acuna and Giovanni Hidalgo. On the evidence of this CD, however, Humberto Ramirez (who wrote all nine songs except for one piece by his father) seems to have the goal of being the Latin Herb Alpert, doing little other than stating simple melodies. He is certainly capable of better.

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