Bill O’Connell expressive experimental Latin jazz Bill O’Connell – Jazz Latin

Bill O’Connell expressive experimental Latin jazz Bill O’Connell – JAZZ LATIN:  Wow!  It’s been a while since I reviewed Bill’s fine piano and Fender Rhodes work in issue # 156, but he certainly hasn’t lost “the touch”, and his music is always an event to be anticipated… he’s got a great cast of players working with him… Lincoln Goines – electric bass, Robby Ameen – drums, Randy Brecker – flugelhorn (track 5), Craig Handy – tenor saxophone (track 3), Conrad Herwig – trombone (track 8), Dan Carillo – guitar (tracks 5 & 9), Andrea Brachfeld – flute (track 6)… just listen to their performance on Wayne Shorter’s “Footprints“, and you’ll be a believer in only seconds… the recording is flawless, and the pacing is right on the mark!

To get a real “close-up” feel for how Bill & his players work, watch the cool little video trailer/teaser they put together for the release…

…as he points out in the trailer, these players work REALLY well together!

Since I so love the Fender Rhodes (I played it on several of my own recordings), it only took moments to fall TOTALLY in love with their high-energy performance on “Quicksand“; in fact, it’s my favorite Latin tune (yet) in 2018… Andrea’s flute on this tune is just superb!

If mellow is the mood you’re in, you’ll find the beautiful & laid-back “Mom’s Song” repeating on your player over & over again… Dan’s guitar weaves most tastefully through the whole song… loved it…

My personal favorite of the eleven great performances offered up is a song composed by Chico Buarque/Antônio Carlos Jobim, titled “Zingaro”… Bill’s piano work on this one will just dazzle you… it’s going straight to my iPhone player, a privilege only reserved for a few artists… timeless Latin jazz!

I give Bill and his players a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.99 for this superb album.  Get more information on Bill’s website.       Rotcod Zzaj

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Dick Metcalf, editor, Contemporary Fusion Reviews
Dick Metcalf, editor, Contemporary Fusion Reviews
Dick Metcalf (aka Rotcod Zzaj) is a globe-hopping musician and poet who spent many years roving the world until he finally settled in his current abode, Lacey, Washington... just down the road from Seattle. He started IMPROVIJAZZATION NATION magazine in 1990 (still being published), and Contemporary Fusion Reviews magazine in 2016. He also was a keyboard player & singer for many years... you can hear (and download for free) many of those works at his "Internet Archive Collection". If you'd like to support our efforts and get something in return, there are also a few of these albums for sale on the Rotcod Zzaj BandCamp site"

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