El Puente/The Bridge.

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STEVE POUCHIE

El Puente/The Bridge

(Latin Jazz Alive Records)

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New York City-based vibraphonist/bandleader/composer/educator Steve Pouchie brings us his latest recording, El Puente (The Bridge), a production that bridges the talents and efforts of this veteran road warrior of Latin jazz with the reality of surviving as a musician in the belly of an urban jungle. Inspired by the musical traditions pioneered by Tito Puente and Cal Tjader, Pouchie delivers a balanced repertoire of original scores and Latin jazz classics, all displaying his unique flavor while reflecting a musical portrait in time. "El Puente" was recorded in the Bronx, in the good company of some of New York City's top Latin jazz players, including Little Johnny Rivero (percussion), Jotan Afanador (drums), Adán...

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