|The Plaza Jazz Trio - the trio formed at Havana's Plaza Jazz Festival, with Steve Waterman, trumpet, flugelhorn and electronic valve instrument; George Haslam, baritone sax. and tarogato; Robin Jones, congas and shakere. A progamme of mostly standards in free Latin form, comprising El Manicero (The Peanut Vendor); Tale of an African Lobster by Shorty Rodgers; George Haslam's Soft Awakening; Tea For Two; Recado Bossa Nova; Begin the Beguine; Bye Bye Blackbird and the title track, Soaring. Two horns over the rhythmic base of Robin Jones' congas ~ Mambo, Bossa Nova, Rumba .. and improvisation.
This is one of those recordings which is very good indeed but which is so low-key in the way it presents itself that it may not get the attention it deserves. Please join me in preventing this. If you care for Latin stuff at all and/or enjoy musical ingenuity, do buy this. ROGER THOMAS, ‘Jazz Review’ March 2003