Vega, Ray

Palmetto, 2004CD
Instrument: Trumpet

Issue: 10.1

Jazz Ruler Type: Latin
O's Jazz Ruler

Performance: 4
Performance Chart

Sound: 5
Sound Chart

Score Chart

O’s Notes: Ray (t) plays with Bobby Porcelli (sax), Igor Atalita (p), Greg August (b), Wilson Corniel (percussion) and Adam Weber (d) on his second release on Palmetto. They open with “Black Nile” swinging with a Latin beat that establishes their presence right away. Moving into “Smile You’re In Beirut” they display poise among chaos, maintaining a groove while allowing soloists to explode on the surface. These are new compositions that are fresh and fulfilling. We especially liked “Both” written by Porcelli and the bouncy “La Tercera”.