Encontros -Orquestra Atlantica, by Chris Spector (Midwest Records)

ANTONIO ADOLFO/Encontros: Talk about your serendipity!. The piano great Adolfo was hankering to make a big band record when he went to a show where the gang on board here was playing and it was love at first listen. The two entities play off each other in fine fashion and this strutting, sassy set delivers world fusion in top shelf order that any gringo can appreciate. Often harkening back to what originally turned you on back in the day before the consultants got involved, this is all smoke, sizzle AND steak. Killer stuff throughout

CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher