CD Come Fly with Me [Dave Valentin] [CD] [1 disc] (CD 940388),
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Come Fly with Me [Dave Valentin] [CD] [1 disc]

  • 1. Come Fly with Me
    2. Twinkle Toes
    3. Enciendido
    4. Mind Games
    5. If You Could See Me Now
    6. Easy Street
    7. Tu Pauelo
    8. House of the Sun
    9. Song for My Brothers
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 7160

  • Credits
    ProducerDave Valentin; Dave Valentin
    EngineerEddy Marrero; Eddy Marrero

    Personnel: Dave Valentin (flute); Dave Valentin; Chris Barretto (tenor saxophone); Luquez Cutris (acoustic bass); Papo Vazquez (trombone); Bill O'Connell (piano); Robby Ameen (drums); Milton Cardona, Richie Flores (percussion).
    Audio Mixer: Eddy Marrero.
    Liner Note Author: Ramsey Lewis.
    Recording information: Knopp Music, River Edge, NJ.
    Arrangers: Papo Vazquez; Bill O'Connell .
    Dave Valentin has for many years sat on the fusion fence. Incorporating elements of smooth jazz, Latin influences, and modern jazz sensibilities has made him a hard man to peg. Come Fly with Me is a standout among his discography, as one of very few straight down the middle Latin jazz records. Without a funk groove or samba in sight, the play list is predominantly Afro-Cuban, with a little New York thrown in for fun. Fueled by a deadly rhythm section including Robert Ameen on drums, Milton Cardona and the blistering Richie Flores on percussion, young gun Luquez Curtis on bass, and longtime cohort Bill O'Connell on piano, this record has both guts and grace to spare. Trombonist/arranger Papo Vasquez is also featured on a few tracks. The group's groove is deep, and the solos are inspired. There are occasional moments of "ooh, that didn't work too well," which is surprising considering the experienced cast of characters involved. That said, Valentin's innate sense of taste and melody shine through clear as day. He has made quite a few very enjoyable records, and Come Fly with Me may be the most enjoyable yet. ~ Evan C. Gutierrez

  • Critic Reviews
    JazzTimes (p.78) - "Valentin's ebullient personality and spirited flute technique shine in this breezy Latin-jazz set, which is presented with class and verve."
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