Argentinean bass player Fernando Huergo is one of those "diamond in the rough" players that has appeared on so many amazing recordings and backed up so many heavy hitters (Danilo Perez, Dave Samuels, Humberto Ramírez) and yet has such a low profile, that it will cause one to question their faith in the system. A graduate and now professor at the acclaimed Berklee College of Music, Huergo regularly rubs shoulders with the biggest names in jazz, both current and future. On his 2004 release, Day Gone By, Huergo proves that we are judged not by our profile but by the company that we keep. The Jinga Quintet is made up of some truly luminary talent, including Huergo, drummer Steve Langone, pianist Luis Perdomo and saxophonist Miguel Zenón. Perdomo and Zenón are both on their way to becoming two of Latin jazz's brightest shining stars. The compositions on Day Gone By, mostly penned by Huergo, have a searching, evocative quality, making them as enchanting as any of the individual performances. Huergo is certainly an instrumental standout on the record, taking the already very idiomatic style of Latin bass to the point of high art.