Graham Reid | | <1 min read
Here's the story as I understand it: in the 60s a group of like-minded jazz musicians in Buenos Aires (which included the great tenor player Gato Barbieri) formed the New Jazz Collective with the idea of using swing to explore traditional music and rhythms, many imported from Africa
Quinteplus -- a core of five musicians but sometimes more on stage -- was an offshoot of that collective and their shared admiration for Cannonball Adderley, soul-funk and local flavours led to this, their sole studio album in '72. They broke up the following year.
It may be musically conservative by many current jazz reference points, but that doesn't deny its appeal -- or that tenor player Jorge Anders has an assured and unwavering tone, or that driven by electric piano and bopping upright bass these guys really epitomise a kind of cool swing with Latin passion.
The bonus on this reissue are the final four tracks recorded live where they really stretch out, especially on a 14-minute version of -- get this -- Bobby Gentry's Ode to Billy Joe which allows guitarist Ricardo Lew to take plenty of quick-fire and sparking space.
Your world won't be changed -- but if energetic or introspective jazz with swing and/or bite is your thing then this excellent reissue will serve you well on both counts.