Marco Rizo

That Latin Touch

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Jazz pianist Marco Rizo delivers a tight and charming set on That Latin Touch, his 1959 classic. The sparse, difficult piano parts he comes up with have a beautiful contrast with the repetitive Latin beats of the rhythm section. On top of that, the occasional use of horns adds a sensual texture to the music that gives the tracks depth. The more up-tempo numbers also show how good he is at complicated soloing; his hands fly across the keys with incredible dexterity on "Chocolate (El Chocolatero)," playing even faster than the quick horn parts that are scattered throughout the song. This is an excellent document of Latin jazz that should appeal to any fan of the genre, and even someone looking to discover this music could do far worse than start here.

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