Nice group, nice groove, and really good trumpet playing. Here's one of the wings of New York Latin jazz, firmly in the modernist jazz tradition. Vega, a trumpeter, plays a tune each by Wayne Shorter and by McCoy Tyner, and his own compositions. It could almost be a session on Blue Note from 1961, and that's praise. The sextet takes off over a percussion base of Wilson Chembo Corniel on percussion and Adam Weber on drums; the soloists, including Bobby Porcelli on alto saxophone and Igor Atalita on piano, sound more than comfortable.
Peter Watrous - Descarga.com
The mantle of Jazz Messengers-tinged Latin jazz has been at least partly assumed by trumpeterpercussionist Ray Vega’s sextet, with Squeeze, Squeeze a prime example of exciting, creative improvising and danceable polyrhythms that are seemingly inexhaustible.
Will Smith - Down Beat Magazine
Vega's own style of trumpet imparts the best in his forerather's traits: the crisp, intelligent delivery of Freddie Hubbard, the passionate fortitude of Kenny Dorham, the clean precision of Woody Shaw, and the romantic depth of Chet Baker and Art Farmer.
...The trumpeter's instrumental artistry lies in consisency, well-connected phrases, command of all registers and good taste.
...Vega is a hornman with deep roots in Latin music and Afro-Cuban Jazz.
- The New York Daily News
Whether on trumpet of flugelhorn