Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet at 57th Street Gallery
More than a bit of word play, the title of the Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet’s revelatory new CD Latin Jazz – Jazz Latin represents the cyclical sensibility that animates Wayne Wallace’s music. Every tune reflects the inexorable flow of rhythmic currents between Caribbean and African-American communities, a diaspora communion responsible for unprecedented creative ferment. An invaluable creative catalyst on the Bay Area music scene since the 1970s, the five-time Grammy Award-nominee is revered as an educator, player, arranger, and producer with his label, Patois Records. Due out on June 4, 2013, Latin Jazz/Jazz Latin, is Wallace’s seventh Patois release, and the album displays all of the thrilling interplay, melodic invention, and blazing improvisational flights that distinguishes his music.