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Full Moon Hacksaw

We start in Cal Tjaders San Fran­cis­co Latin per­cus­sion world, the grooves crisp and suc­cinct, with an occa­sion­al emu­la­tion his laid-back Shear­ing sound (more of which lat­er). Then Tito Puente cel­e­brates his 100th and in a sin­gle track hon­ors many vocal­ists appear­ing with his orches­tra thru the years: Mil­lie P, Tony Vega, Jose Alber­to El Canario, Tito Nieves, Domin­go Quinones, San­tos Colon, Ismael Miran­da, Oscar DLeon and Celia Cruz! We must swing from there, so enter T.S. Monk. Singer Lau­ren Hen­der­son sings in Panamanian/​Montserradian/​Caribbean Span­ish cre­at­ing tan­go plus sam­ba equal­ing TAM­BA. Or is it tan­go and bossa mak­ing TOSSA? Jack Cas­tan­zo and wife Mar­da (Sax­on one of the vocal­ists here) were dancers before he became Mr. Bon­go and joined Mr. Piano Eddie Cano. To Arkansas for Lar­ry Davis blues, the Pacif­ic North­west for those of Karen Love­ly. Weath­er alert tones on phones at a con­cert imi­tat­ed on piano by Cyrus Chest­nut inspired one of his tracks. In hour 2 two tan­dem tenors are Frank Fos­ter and Frank Wess, then we cel­e­brate Lennie Tris­tano (who influ­enced Bill Evans and group inter­play) played by George Shear­ings trio at Blue Note. Smokin sax with Roxy Coss leads to her pianist Miki Yamana­ka and her respec­tive album. From the lat­ters label Cel­lar also comes Van­cou­ver drum­mer Dave Rob­bins. From Nor­way comes drum­mer Snorre Kirk, then respect to elder states­men of 1980s jazz, Bil­ly Eck­s­tine and Ben­ny Carter. Soon 8‑string gui­tarist Char­lie Hunter and vocal­ist Kurt Elling com­bine funky atti­tudes, and swing out we do with trom­bon­ist Al Grey and trum­peter Sweets Edi­son. Past alias­es: Jazz Mechan­ic, Workshop/​Grooveyard. It all still works, just add Hacksaw.