The combination of a Latin quintet featuring vibes and timbales and explosive multi-instrumentalist Eric Dolphy might seem an oil-and-water mix. It actually worked extremely well, so well that Dolphy and the LJQ joined forces again on United Artists. The key is the material, which is heavily tinted with blue, and the extraordinary versatility of the immortal Dolphy. The Latin Jazz Quintet was a band that struck grooves with substance, as can also be heard on their follow-up albums for Prestige, paired on Hot Sauce (PRCD-24128-2).
with Juan Amalbert, Gene Casey, Bill Ellington, Charlie Simmons, Manny Ramos