Trombonist Bosch started young, collecting impeccable credentials gigging around New York ... more
with Ruben Blades, Cachao, Eddie Palmieri--and Ray Barretto. Hardly a slick salsa merchant, Jimmy prefers a more bullish stance, his greatest concern being the potential for jazz-derived improvisation within set Latin forms. As well as the expected son tunes, Bosch also roots around for plena and yambu structures, as well as less likely fusions of songo/descarga and mozambique/comparsa, all composed by himself. His version of the latter is "Canta Mi Mozambique", tempo racing, ensemble vocals at full tilt, with a guesting David Sanchez turning in a suitably nimble tenor saxophone solo, pushing towards a riotous climax. "Pa'Mantener Tradicion" turns the mood slinky and slow, Jeff Lederer's clarinet leading up to a majestic piano solo from Irakere's Chucho Valdes. The album's only cover is Wayne Shorter's "Speak No Evil", a stab at plain old Latin jazz. "Amor Por Ti" is determinedly old-fashioned, a coasting bolero with chest-puffing vocals by Frankie Morales, then another guest, Steve Turre, adds trombone and conch shell solo to "Un Poquito Mas". --Martin Longley
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Personnel: Jimmy Bosch (trombone, background vocals); Frankie Vasques, Herman Olivera, Frankie Morales (vocals); Jeff Lederer (soprano & tenor saxophones, clarinet); David Sanchez (tenor saxophone); Richard Pons (baritone saxophone, flute); Felix "Junior" Vega (trumpet); Steve Turre (trombone, conch shell); Chucho Valdes, Ricky Gonzales, Alfredo Valdes, Jr. (piano); Nelson Gonzalez (tres); Abiud "Humpy" Troche (bass); Louis Bauzo, Chucky Lopez (bongos); Richie Flores, George Delgado (congas); Jimmy Delgado (timbales); Pedro Emilio Rodriguez (clave, guiro, maracas); Louis Bauzo (cajones, pandereta); George Delgado (pandereta); Cita Rodriguez, Frankie Seguinot (background vocals). Recorded at Excello, Brooklyn, New York. Includes liner notes by Peter Watrous.
Q - 3 stars out of 5 - "...a range of Latin sounds played in an inventive and hard-edged style....The singing and playing are of a high standard....Bosch remains exuberant and attacking throughout..." JazzTimes - "...The vocal/choral strains of salsa are rendered here with fervor as well as wit....Bosch's trombone rings out the character of the music: hot, yes, but not heavy, worldly and knowing, and ultimately engaging..."