Bill O'connell + Latin Jazz All-stars: Zocalo.

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Label: Savant
Catalog: SCD2129
Format: CD

Bill O'Connell


For years the go-to pianist and arranger for Mongo Santamaria, Dave Valentin, Gato Barbieri, the Fort Apache Band and others, Bill O'Connell has developed a true melding of Latin and Jazz music. His own playing – from its robust chordal comping to its exuberant and sometimes knotty solos – favors a sort of Bud Powell-meets-Chick-Corea sound. Joined by Latin-tinged trombone great Conrad Herwig, on Zócalo O'Connell presents a thoughtful program of originals and a few re-imagined standards including Victor Feldman's “Joshua” and “Surrey with the Fringe on Top.” Saxophonist Steve Slagle, percussion legend Richie Flores and his regular rhythm section make the album a joyous romp filled with energy and high spirits from a powerful voice in Latin Jazz.

Price: $22.98