A 1979 Grammy Winner...........
Robert J. Ament | Ballwin, MO United States | 05/23/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The initial offering of Concord Jazz Picante label, most of Cal's Concord releases are among my favorites, a nice mixture of standards and originals. The combination of excellent Latin percussion in a true jazz setting brings out entirely new aspects of the standards "Speak Low", "Star Eyes, and "I Remember You". These cuts provide a sultry romantic Latin ambiance further enhanced by changes of tempo and sensitive solos by Roger Glenn on flute, Mark Levine on Fender Rhodes and Cal on the vibes.The faster tracks, "Serengeti", "Mambo Mindoro", "Aleluia" and "Sabor" provide plenty of good Latin beat while showing off the talents of the whole group, collectively and as soloists. This is good tasteful Latin jazz as its meant to be heard...not just something warmed over with just a conga background"
Daniel P. Rimsa | 06/25/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Of the 3 SACDs available from Cal this is the least desirable. No where near the vibrancy of the Cal/Stan Getz Sextet disc. If you like the "smooth jazz" format of contemporary Muzak you may like this. This album was recorded in 1979 vs. 1958 for the Sextet album. Latin + Jazz is the second best disc, this a weak third."