Jay Thomas & Becca Duran
Song for Rita

Song For Rita; Antigua; I'm Glad There Is You; Little B's Bounce; I Haven't Got Anything Better To Do; Amazonas; So Tinha De Ser Cam Voce; Wu Wei; Leaving; Vineet's Blues; Brigas, Nunca Mais; Waltz for Joanne; Au contraire (61.20)

Becca Duran, vocal; Jay Thomas, trumpet, flueglehorn, tenorsax, sopranosax, flute; Miguel Garrido, bass; plus on various tracks Mark Iverson, drums, percussions; Luis Peralto, drums, percussions; Rick Reed, Chas Davidson, guitar; Norman Durkee, Joshua Wolff, keyboard

This appealing CD of Latin inspired music bring to the forefront the sympathetic vocal styling of Becca Duran and the fluent and amazingly versatile instrumental ability of Jay Thomas. Becca uses her voice in both wordless vocals and in the normal manner to great advantage, never seeking to hold centre stage more than necessary. Jay Thomas provides facile solowork, principally on tenor and trumpet, and an ideal back-drop for Becca's vocals. The remaining rhythm section players fulfill an important role in the success of this recording, whether by soloing or filling out the background sounds. Luis Peralto seems to have been a prime mover in this event, contributing both enthusiasm and excellence of instrumental performance to the whole project.

A most enjoyable recording which I commend to all lovers of Latin-tinged Jazz.

by Al Merritt

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