Ray Mantilla & The New Space Station ‘Man-Ti-Ya’ Savant

SCD2060 (available from HarmoniaMundi 02087099500)

Tasty Latin jazz from the New York percussionist in the tradition of Machito and Tito Puente. This is a touring seven piece band that is as tight as the proverbial and captured spot on by Cedar Walton’s production, lining up are Willie Williams on saxes, Enrique Fernandez on baritone sax and flute, Guido Gonzalez on trumpet, Edy Martinez on piano, Cucho Martinez on bass and Bill Elder on drums. These guys have it in their blood. Very good. Graham Radley

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