Palmetto, 2001, CD
Jazz Ruler Type: Latin
O’s Notes: Ray takes some bebop classics from Duke Jordan, Bird, Wayne Shorter and Trane with several of his own compositions to create a fresh, new, jazzy Latino recording. His sextet is anchored by Boris Kozlov (b), Willie Martinez (d) and Wilson Corneil (congas) who provide a strong Cubano, mambo feel to keep it lively. Vega’s trumpet is crisp, complemented by Bobby Porcelli on alto sax. Pa’lante is a definite positive step forward for Ray!