Since beginning his professional career with a stint in Luis Russell's big band in 1945, Roy Haynes has consistently colored his drumming with the "Latin tinge." He has stated in many interviews that he often thinks of his tom-toms as timbales during solos, and his frequent playing of time on the hi-hat (instead of standard ride-cymbal swing patterns) often incorporates authentic Latin rhythms. Nowhere is that Latin influence better represented than on this terrific 1999 half-studio/half-live date with Panamanian pianist Danilo Perez and bassist John Patitucci. This is a deceptively complex, calypso-infused version of the catchy Monk tune – its playful, interactive ease would certainly run aground without these three rowing masters manning the oars at Boston's Scullers.
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