Afro-Latin accents traipse fragrantly through Wayne Wallace's music, moving to samba-vibed beats, merengue flavored horns, and salsa-toned vocals. His latest release The Nature Of The Beat embodies the flavorful culture of South America, the cheery lifestyle of its inhabitants, and the rhythmic jumps of soul music, which set the lanterns of "Serpentine Fire" aglow. Wallace and his crew do a fabulous job of reviving this tune applying a synthesis of aromatic Latin-funk horns and tribal influences coated in West Indies and African tints. Wallace's trombone twitters are parapet by festive Latin horns which create a voluminous simmer crepe in buoyant vocals and jittery percussive beats. It's an album where samba flusters are greatly enhanced by elements of soft funk, West Indies jazz, and tribal soul.
The svelte horns and percussive conga beats of "Mis Amigos" and "jNo Esta Conplicado!" produce a briskly tossed mix turning into a breadbasket of hopping movements, rippling currents, and euphoric jolts. The calm drift of the bolero phrasing in "Besame Mucho" is fluted in sensually rolling cascades, whereas the Latin-funk treatments put on George and Ira Gershwin's tune "Fascinatin' Rhythm" form swells that move at a fast pace while brimming with glorious raptures. The attractive crisscrossing of horns and keyboards tilling the Latin-jazz crops of "Jeru" and Herbie Hancock's song "Coming Running To Me" have velvety pelts and cruising scribbles that stimulate action on the listeners part. The upbeat pulsation of "Unchain My Heart" is draped in soul-spirited vocals and salsa beating rhythms, which turn to a molten jazz-funk mix on "That Walk." The album closes with a warm broth of jangly rhythms, percolating keyboards, and agile horns moving cheek to cheek along "Oshumare."
Wayne Wallace's music is swathe in sheets of Latin-funk, tribal soul, and West Indies jazz. His album The Nature Of The Beat projects a positive vibe and is fluent in Latin rhythms which push the body to move across the dancefloor. The album is the second part of a trilogy that began with Wallace's critically acclaimed 2007 album The Reckless Search For Beauty. Both are releases of Wallace's label, Patois Records and both bring the music of the West Indies and South America to the coasts of North America and shows American jazz what it has been missing.