The Latin Jazz Quintet

Latin Soul

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This record invariably reminds one of those cut by stablemate Mongo Santamaria. The important distinction between the two was that Mongo's prowess pushed his band to excel and his often frightening charisma demanded that they deliver the funk, forcing otherwise restrained jazz musicians to play on the verge of falling apart. There's no such danger here. While the music is certainly enjoyable, one can't help thinking its just a little too polite to deliver on the promise of the title. This group presents the same dilemma facing those who wish to listen to the Modern Jazz Quartet: when one could listen to any record one wants, why would one listen to this? The answer, unfortunately, isn't forthcoming.

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