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Quintet Live

by Roland Vazquez

'97 Jazz Fest tour w. Walt Weiskopf, Mark Soskin, Anthony Jackson, & Ricardo Candelaria performing "Latin rhythmic chamber jazz" works.
Genre: Jazz: Latin Jazz
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1. Intro (Vogue Theatre)
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0:48 album only
2. Dance for Louise (feat. Walt Weiskopf, Mark Soskin & Ricardo Candelaria)
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6:25 $1.29
3. No Rest for the Bones of the Dead (feat. Walt Weiskopf, Mark Soskin, Anthony Jackson & Ricardo Candelaria)
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9:53 $1.29
4. Beyond This Dream (feat. Walt Weiskopf, Mark Soskin & Anthony Jackson)
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12:01 $1.29
5. Sevilla (feat. Walt Weiskopf & Mark Soskin)
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9:13 $1.29
6. No Place to Hide This Heart (feat. Walt Weiskopf & Mark Soskin)
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9:43 $1.29
7. Sum Fun 2 (feat. Ricardo Candelaria)
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4:51 $1.29
8. The Path of Change (feat. Walt Weiskopf & Mark Soskin)
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9:42 $1.29
9. Las Mediosas (feat. Walt Weiskopf, Mark Soskin & Ricardo Candelaria)
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7:28 $1.29
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"Drummer and composer Roland Vazquez has been at the vanguard of progressive Latin jazz since the 1970's, creating albums that feed off Afro-Cuban elements while opening up the forms to higher levels of interplay among members of his group. "Quintet Live" features a strong lineup that includes Mark Soskin on piano, Walt Weiskopf on tenor sax and flute, Anthony Jackson on bass, and Ricardo Candelaria on Latin percussion. The leader's challenging original compositions, often based on funky Afro-Cuban rhythms such as songo, seem to liberate the band's improvisational talents. Occasional chamber jazz type interludes tap a more ballad conscious mood, with charming and unpredictable results." - Mark Holston/JAZZIZ (Jan/Feb)

"Roland Vazquez is known as a Latin jazz drummer and percussion who
incorporates a forceful rock inflection in his playing and composing. These
live concert sessions done in Canada took a full decade to be issued past
their recording dates. There are some production flaws and a bit of thin
sound, but they are not detrimental to the excellent music and musicianship.
Vazquez and percussionist Ricardo Candelaria back a powerhouse band of
veterans saxophonist Walt Weiskopf, electric bass guitar pioneer Anthony
Jackson and especially the brilliant pianist Mark Soskin shine brightly. The
group feels like a jam band but the music is tightly arranged with little
interest in tuneful singsong lines and more emphasis on small strungtogether
structures that allow spirited improvisation and interplay. "The Path Of
Change" best represents this aesthetic, using multiple complex changes and
harnessed energy. Soskin's minimalist modal montuno lines nail down
Weiskopf's swirling neobop ideas and the churning rhythms of the rest.
"Dance For Louise" is quite similar, as the pounding insistence of Vazquez
added to a deft AfroCuban pace sets off Soskin and Weiskopf's subtle or
surging dynamic bent. "Las Mediosas" whips up a hip groove in the most and
energetic Latin mode, with Weiskopf's flute and Soskin's deeply driven piano
leap out in unison. There are several lengthy pieces that fare less
effectively and are slower to develop, but still yield close listening
treasures that are intellectual and involved. The three aforementioned
pieces are centerpieces and unquestioned highlights, with a remake of the
soulful "Sevilla" from a previous studio session also ranking up there. The
best of Vazquez so far, his next contemporary recording should be much
anticipated." Michael G. Nastos, All Music Guide

"The Quintet, with its uncommonly strong crew of improvisers, is more compact yet equally explosive in its versions of Vazquez's music, which is Latin jazz with a heavy emphasis on composition. Vazquez has the ideal players for interpreting his lean haunting, and unpredictable lines... " Bob Blumenthal/Boston Globe


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