CD: Paoli Mejias

Paoli Mejias, Transcend (PMCD). A gifted 37-year-old percussionist, Mejias has been an admired figure in Latin music for years. Now, like some of his colleagues on this stimulating CD, he is breaking through to a wider audience. Miguel Zenón is on a couple of tracks, another talented young alto saxophonist, Jaleel Shaw, on others. Zenón’s rhythm section–Luis Perdomo, Hans Glawischnig and Antonio Sánchez–give strong support, but the fiery Mejias is clearly in charge.

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