If you dig hard hitting straight ahead jazz with heavy Latin Jazz vibes woven throughout, then this joint featuring saxophonist Bobby Watson and pianist Ronnie Matthews is absolutely perfect for you! —Rob Young
The Jazz Tribe -][- Next Step – [Red Records, 2000]
Spirited bebop-flavored jazz with a strong dose of Latin percussion needn’t sound like a museum piece. These jazz veterans–led by alto saxophonist Bobby Watson, trumpeter Jack Walrath, and percussionist Ray Mantilla–play with a loose-limbed ease and an infectious joy that make their youthful compatriots sound stiff and overly reverent. Though there’s nothing here that challenges the jazz canon–it’s all straightahead, Latin-charged bop–one senses that the bebop revolution penetrated deep into these musicians’ bones. They play with a fire and intensity that indicate they’ve lived this music and truly believe in it, rather than having merely learned it or adopted it like a new suit.
Pianist Ronnie Matthews and drummer Victor Lewis push the music forward with a relentless drive that the soloists, particularly the fluent Watson, respond to with verve. Bop from the 1950s and ’60s needn’t sound resurrected because, when it’s in the right hands, one realizes that Bird does, in fact, live. —Wally Shoup | Amazon.com
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