Recorded live in March, 2005 at the Jazz Corner on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, The Jazz Corner Swings Latin with Bob Masteller & Friends is a unique musical experience because of the legacy of Masteller's father as a vibraphonist, and because of the cultural ambience that is provided as the backdrop for this recording. The great acoustics and live audience raves stimulate the performers into great interpretations of such jazz standards as "East of the Sun," "Perdido," and "Satin Doll," all of which lend themselves beautifully to the Latin tinge. Highly sensitive to the Latin beat, these songs swing with a rhythmic, sensual, and danceable nature. Prominent in all of this is Bob Masteller's masterful touch on the vibraphone. His syncopation and feelings reach through to the listener and his accompanists bring their musical visions to the forefront with brilliance and consistency. The closing mood is a poignant swing version of "America the Beautiful." The ensemble plays the tune in an upbeat tempo that references Jimmy Rowles' 1940s style. As the third in a series of "live" recordings at the Jazz Corner, this release is consistent with the previous Bob Masteller Live at the Jazz Corner volumes.
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AllMusic Review by Paula Edelstein