Doc Severinsen/ISO Pops concert review 

Vividly exemplifying "The Rhythm of Life," Severinsen, his four-person combo "El Ritmo de La Vida," and the ISO players shared an outstanding melding of classical Spanish with a jazz spin for two hours of fine music and fun. Eugenio Toussaint's embracing arrangements coupled with Severinsen's impeccable musicianship and stage presence blended the virtuosity of ISO players with the amazing guest players from Mexico. Guitarist Gil Gutierez, violinist Pedro Carts, percussionist Miguel Favero and bassist Gilberto Gonzalez individually and in unison electrify. With Severinsen "sitting in" they behaved like a garage band jamming for the sheer joy of exploring every possible nuance in a piece. Severinsen's solo licks in "Adios Nonino/Milonga de mis Amores" were thrilling. The blending of Cartas' violin with Severinsen's trumpet added a new dimension to beautiful, and Favero's traditional drumming utterly amazed. On his own Severinsen is a gift; with this new group his usual pizzazz sparkles even more.

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