Laksar Reese and Chuchito Valdes Jr.: Encantado
I had just heard about a session at Steve Yates Studio with Chuchito, the son of famed Cuban pianist Chucho Valdes, then Laksar found me and gave me this CD for review!
With such a pianist on board it is safe to assume that this is a burning Afro-Cuban jazz CD! The program gives us mostly originals by Chuchito and/or Reese, Coltrane's "Giant Steps," and "Tres Lindas Cubanas." The music here is simply wonderful, very articulate, strong and clean.
Laksar Reese plays the tenor, soprano and flute and is accompanied by trumpeter Tito Carillo, bassist Hector Silveira, percussionist Frankie Oeasio, drummer Jose Ormaza and Javier Gonzalez at the drums, timbales and congas.
Apart from the music itself, this recording was engineered, mixed and mastered by Jim Massoth, who is rapidly becoming the Rudy Van Gelder of Chicago.—MV