Wayne Wallace: Fascinating Rhythm
Wayne Wallace (trombone)
The Nature of the Beat (Patois Records 006)
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