By Howard Mandel, Downbeat
Papo Vázquez’s Mighty Pirates Troubadours are stirring. The precise, greased-gear ensemble moves through smartly arranged, post-boppishly interpreted jazz with a Latin tinge, and the first six tracks here all are highlights. The swirling syncopations, tart horn hooks and earthy choruses bind in a way almost scientifically refined over decades: The ballad and blues add variety, but it’s the bomba, plena, mambo and rumba efforts that distinguish Chapter 10: Breaking Cover. Read more here.