Ray Vega moves from Concord to Palmetto for Pa'lante, an energetic sextet outing. The trumpeter is deeply immersed in bop and post-bop, as he makes clear with imaginative Latin arrangements of Charlie Parker's "Yardbird Suite," Duke Jordan's "Flight to Jordan," Wayne Shorter's priceless "El Gaucho," and, most audaciously, the first movement of John Coltrane's A Love Supreme. (Vega's choice of cornet for the Shorter tune is interesting.) Alto saxophonist Bobby Porcelli extends the post-bop theme with an original titled "K.D.," dedicated to Kenny Dorham and based on "Alone Together" changes. Vega contributes four originals -- all good, but not as memorable as the covers. Bassist Boris Kozlov shines on the mid-tempo, minor-key "Prayer of Jabez" and a stinging arco introduction to the Coltrane piece. Pianist Igor Atalita, drummer Willie Martinez, and percussionist Wilson "Chembo" Corniel also weigh in with strong playing throughout.
AllMusic Review by David R. Adler