Wayne Wallace: Fascinating Rhythm


Fascinating Rhythm


Wayne Wallace (trombone)


The Nature of the Beat (Patois Records 006)

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Wayne Wallace (trombone), Ron Stallings (tenor sax), John Santos (percussion),

David Belove (bass), Louis Fasman (trumpet, flugelhorn), Murray Low (piano), Melecio Magdaluyo (alto sax, flute), Aaron Lington (baritone sax), Frank Martin (piano), Orlando Torriente (lead vocal) with background vocals


Composed by George & Ira Gershwin


Recorded: No info given; CD released in 2008


Rating: 88/100 (learn more)

San Francisco native Wayne Wallace continues to impress with his mastery of the Afro-Cuban idiom. His 2007 release The Reckless Search for Beauty was one of the neglected gems of the year, and his follow-up The Nature of the Beat is another small-label project that deserves to find a wider audience. This Gershwin tune is an unlikely candidate for Latin treatment -- its syncopated melody line is built on a rhythmic displacement that is more suited to prewar New York stylings than clave. But Wallace pulls out all the stops in giving a new flavor to this old song, crafting a crisp arrangement and even adding lead and background vocals in Spanish. Fascinating indeed!

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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  • 1 Tim Latko // Aug 19, 2008 at 10:55 PM
    We heard Wayne Wallace on WIIT and had to find The Nature of the Beat. Luckly the DJ mentioned Patois Records and we were able to find more information here.