Released: Feb 2012
Label: Criss Cross Jazz
Criss Cross must be the most slept-on label in jazz. They don't have a publicity team; they just focus on documenting the cream of the mainstream crop. This 2012 album from alto player Yosvany Terry mixes post-bop and the Afro-Cuban tradition with great style. Opener "Summer Relief," with its chanting vocals and burning ensemble play, sets the bar for excitement rather high. Not all the other tracks can meet it at that level, but the throwback feel of "Inner Speech" and the slow-but-sure development of the mercurial "Contrapuntistico" prove just as intriguing.
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