Tenor saxophonist/violinist Jose "Chombo" Silva was supposed to record with Jerry Gonzalez's Fort Apache Band, but a stroke in 1994 ended his career and (a year later) his life. Rumbajazz is a tribute to the late Chombo, consisting mostly of songs that he had previously recorded (including "Perfidia," "Perdido," "Mongorama," and "Guajira at the Blackhawk") plus a few tributes. Victor Payano and David Sanchez are heard on tenors, Ricardo Davia Canino plays violin on one song, and the other musicians include bassist Andy Gonzalez, trumpeter Jerry Gonzalez, and various percussionists. There are also two trios by the Gonzalez brothers and drummer Jimmy Rivera. A lightly swinging set of melodic music.
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow