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Squeeze, Squeeze

Ray Vega

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Album Review

Ray Vega's fourth album not only confirms his status as one of the leading Afro-Cuban trumpeters of his generation, but also shows an admirable willingness not to be stuck in one subgenre of jazz forever. Squeeze, Squeeze focuses mostly on band originals, composed not only by Vega but also by bassist Gregg August, whose "Crescent Mood" has an enjoyably retro feel that recalls the smooth, fusiony jazz of the CTI Records crowd, and alto saxophonist Bobby Porcelli, whose post-bop ballad "Both" is one of the album's highlights. The album has a few standard Afro-Cuban jazz pieces, most notably the closing "La Tercera," the rollicking title track, and a bracing take on Wayne Shorter's "Black Nile." However, the majority of the album explores a strong bop influence, as on Vega's own "Smile, You're in Beirut" and an extended take on McCoy Tyner's "Contemplation," which features an outstanding, Dizzy Gillespie-style solo from Vega.

Customer Reviews

Squeeze, Squeeze

Love it!! Pure Ray!

playing jazz for our one and only king!!!!!

This music is so amazing and i hope that when i am older my music gift that god gave me will be like the gift that he gave ray!!!!!

Biography

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s

At the age of 12, when Ray Vega saw Machito & His Orchestra play in Central Park, the South Bronx native decided he was destined to play the saxophone. Enrolled in his school's music program, Vega received the bad news that the school was out of saxophones, so he reluctantly switched to trumpet. A year later he was being taught by Down Beat poll winner Jerry Gonzales, an experience that changed Vega's opinion of the instrument forever. Studying the trumpet throughout his high-school years gave...
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