Mark Levine & The Latin Tinge – Serengeti {Left Coast Clave}

Mark Levine & The Latin Tinge – Serengeti {Left Coast Clave}

Latin Jazz

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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow

Starting in the late ’90s, San Francisco-based pianist Mark Levine led an excellent Afro-Cuban jazz quartet called the Latin Tinge. Levine — who early in his career had associations with Mongo Santamaria, Willie Bobo, and Cal Tjader (1979-1983) in addition to Joe Henderson, Woody Shaw, Stan Getz, and Bobby Hutcherson — is an excellent hard bop player who has a real feel for Latin jazz.

The Latin Tinge consists of Levine’s fluent piano, bassist Peter Barshay, drummer Paul Van Wageningen, and percussionist Michael Spiro. On this CD, the quartet performs originals and obscurities plus Latinized versions of McCoy Tyner’s “Effendi,” Wayne Shorter’s “Angola,” “You’re My Everything,” “Sugar,” and two Joe Henderson songs: “A Shade of Jade” and “Inner Urge.”

Although few surprises occur, the rhythmic grooves are quite infectious, the musicians listen closely to each other, the repertoire is diverse, and Mark Levine’s piano is a joy to hear. Fun music.

01. Cha Cha Cha Para Mi Alma (4:23)
02. Effendi (4:36)
03. Angola (6:12)
04. Serengeti (5:37)
05. Danzon Rio Sumida (4:37)
06. A Shade of Jade (4:45)
07. Assum Branco (4:58)
08. Mr Natural (6:25)
09. Inner Urge (5:36)
10. Tres Palabras (5:12)
11. You’re My Everything (6:36)
12. Sugar (5:29)

Mark Levine – piano
Michael Spiro – all percussion, Lucumi moyuba (“Angola”)
Peter Barshay – bass
Paul Van Wageningen – drums
Jose Luis Gomes – abakua nkame (“Angola”)

All arrangements by The Latin Tinge
Produced by Bud Spangler, Michael Spiro, and Mark Levine
Recorded at Bay Studios, Berkeley, CA; on May 14-16, 2001
Overdubs and mixing at Cressman Music Studio, San Francisco, CA; May/June 2001
Recording and Mixing Engineer: Jeff Cressman
Graphic design by Stacey Haines
Photography by David Belove
Cover art by Robert L. Mulder, Dallas, Oregon
Text editing by Deborah Craig
Piano – Yamaha C7, courtesy of Piedmont Piano, Oakland, CA
Piano tuning by Al Vass

2001, Mark Levine, 1286 7th Ave/San Francisco, CA 94122

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