Squeeze, Squeeze

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1 Black Nile 4:16 $1.49 Buy
2 Smile, You're In Beirut 4:09 $1.49 Buy
3 Contemplation 8:03 44.1/16 Album only
4 Ne Quitez Pas 4:46 $1.49 Buy
5 Squeeze, Squeeze 5:45 $1.49 Buy
6 Both 6:08 $1.49 Buy
7 Salazar 6:15 $1.49 Buy
8 SKY! 4:50 $1.49 Buy
9 Crescent Mood 6:14 $1.49 Buy
10 La Tercera 4:33 $1.49 Buy

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Their innate grasp of the band as one family is evident on Squeeze, Squeeze, a CD named in fact for what Vega’s son Aaron says to his dad at cross lights: “squeeze, squeeze, Dad!”

The CD begins with “Black Nile” by Wayne Shorter allowing the band to groove immediately and Vega to shine on a burning solo. “Smile You’re in Beirut” is one of the four original tunes on the disc from Vega and features a funky baseline with dramatic horn overplay. The spiritual “Contemplation” is the other composition borrowed from a legend, this time McCoy Tyner. Vega’s bandmate and friend, Bobby Porcelli, offers his swinging tune “Ne Quitez Pas” to the band. Vega’s funk-laden title track follows before Porcelli comes back with “Both,” a hot tune built on Cole Porter’s “Night and Day.” Vega plays his friend Marty Sheller’s original “Salazar,” an ode to his friendship and influence. The evocative “Sky” is another Vega tune and spotlights the tight and light tone Vega achieves so well. “Crescent Mood” by bassist Gregg August is elegant and lush. Vega wrote more tunes for this disc than for any of his previous CDs and closes with his final composition, “La Tercera,” a track that sounds like an instant classic.

While Vega claims to be intimidated by the tradition of great jazz composition, Squeeze, Squeeze finds him writing more and departing a bit from his rearrangement of jazz standards into a Latin framework. With his 4th leader CD, Vega continues evolving toward fuller musical self-expression.