The soundtrack to the concert film Calle 54 collects landmark live performances by some of Latin jazz's biggest names.

The soundtrack to the concert film Calle 54 collects landmark live performances by some of Latin jazz's biggest names. Even beyond the star power of Tito Puente (leading his band in "New Arrival" during his last live recorded performance) and Bebo & Chucho Valdés (playing a historic father/son duet on "La Comparsa"), Calle 54 is a sumptuous snapshot of Latin jazz. The versatility and scope of the genre is highlighted by performances that range from classic intimacy (pianist Bebo Valdés and bass player Cachao's duet version of "Lágrimas Negras") to driving big band music (Chico O'Farrill's "Afro-Cuban Jazz Suite"). Calle 54 dwells not only on Afro-Cuban jazz but styles in other Latin countries, with cuts like Michel Camilo's "From Within" and Paquito D'Rivera's "Panamericana." For neophytes and connoisseurs alike, this is a delightful ride.—LC