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Album Review

Pianist Pamela Wise's first record as a leader features six of her compositions, an obscurity (Wendell Harrison's "Pamela's Holiday"), and a vocal feature for Valencia Edner, "I Didn't Know What Time It Was." Each number has one or two Latin percussionists. Jerry Gonzalez is often heard on congas or timbales, also playing flugelhorn on "Hasta Manana." Other prominent members of the supporting cast include Harrison, on tenor and clarinet, and Brad Felt on baritone horn and tuba. Pamela Wise's piano solos are excellent, making one expect a bright future for her.

Biography

Born: 05 June 1949 in New York City, New York, USA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Jerry Gonzalez has taken a global view of jazz in creating his unique brand of improvised music. While his trumpet and flügelhorn reflect the influence of Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie, his personal cultural roots have given him a natural understanding of Afro-Cuban rhythms. As he explained to The Detroit News, "I am bilingual -- I speak Spanish and English. I can play the blues and I can play the rumba." Launching his musical career in 1970 as a member of Dizzy Gillespie's band, Gonzalez briefly...
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