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ALBUM REVIEW: "No Limits for Tumbao" 

César Orozco & Kamarata Jazz

"No Limits for Tumbao"

Alfi Records

In the liner notes for his new album, pianist César Orozco retools the old Duke Ellington title to read, "It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that Tumbao." Tumbao is an irresistible Afro-Cuban rhythm and on this CD, Orozco proves the accuracy of the title, "No Limits for Tumbao." Tracks range from a Venezuelan folk tune to an original funk tune with plenty of Cuban-tinged music in between. Most songs are by Orozco and all are arranged by him. He's in a unique position to create this music. Born and raised in Cuba, Orozco moved to Venezuela where he spent 14 years absorbing the music before moving to the United States.

Orozco displays his superb keyboard prowess on every cut but he's not the only star. Paquito D'Rivera plays a brilliant soprano sax solo on "Jorozco." This is followed by a gorgeous electric bass solo by Rodner Padilla, who plays equally strong solos on several other tunes. And, on an album with rhythm at its core, drummer Euro Zambrano and percussionist Francisco Vielma are excellent. Perhaps the most surprising cut features Linda Briceno singing a wonderful version of "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square."

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