The Jazz Tribe / Ray Mantilla

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The Jazz Tribe take on just about every popular jazz style of the last half-century in this tasty album: blues, bop, Afro-Cuban, funk, and R&B. But rather than doling out a hodgepodge of genres, they blend these elements into a soulful, groovy, delicious paella. The sextet ends up sounding like a much larger band, with rich percussion textures laying an excellent ground for the blasting horns of Bobby Watson and Jack Walrath. And then there's Ray Mantilla's fine piano playing: at once rhythmic and melodic. It's a record that could drive a party, or just get you through a quiet evening at home. But it will move you.

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