The Jim Seeley/Arturo O'Farrill Quintet

This sweet jazz record is the result of an ideal meeting of the minds. Trumpeter Jim Seeley, who composed all eight songs, is a fluent player and a hip composer.

This sweet jazz record is the result of an ideal meeting of the minds. Trumpeter Jim Seeley, who composed all eight songs, is a fluent player and a hip composer. Arturo O'Farrill—son of bandleader Chico O'Farrill—is a magic man on the keyboards who plays with terrific feel and who has worked with artists like Carla Bley, Lester Bowie and Dizzy Gillespie. Here, these two stellar cats combine with Phoenix Rivera (drums and percussion), Andy Gonzalez (acoustic bass) and guest Jed Levy (tenor sax and flute) to lay down an especially invigorating jazz experience. The Latin inflection of "Solita" and "Starry Night" and the bluesy "New Meaning" are peak moments that reflect the basic vibe of the album. But don't forget to investigate the solos on "Forest Path." Seeley and O'Farrill have certainly done their bit to put some swing in the new year. Distributed in the United States by Allegro.—PVV