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Passion

by Mark Towns

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"Passion" by Latin Jazz guitarist Mark Towns features flute legend Hubert Laws along with percussionist Jorge Orta from Grupo Niche and Cuban piano wizard Rainel Pino. Continuing in the vein of his 2000 release, "Flamenco Jazz Latino," Towns presents 8 new original compositions (plus a Latin remake of the Average White Band classic, "Pick Up The Pieces") featuring Mark's melodic jazz, Spanish, and classically influenced guitar magic on top of a spicy foundation of Afro-Cuban rhythms, including güagüanco, güajira, danzón, cha cha, and mambo.

Although Towns' exotic, passionate, and often mystical-sounding guitar work is the thread which permeates through the album, he steps aside at times to afford plenty of spotlight to the letter-perfect flute of Hubert Laws, the burning abandon of pianist Rainel Pino (from Havana) and hot timbale and conga solos by Nestor Vidal (from Colombia), and Venezuelan Jorge Orta.

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released July 6, 2004

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