martes, 19 de septiembre de 2017


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In 2002, DIZZY GILLESPIE was posthumously inducted into the “International Latin Music Hall of Fame” as one of the founders of the Afro-Cuban and Latin jazz tradition. Influenced by Bauza (known as Gillespie’s musical father), he was able to fuse Afro-American jazz and Afro-Cuban rhythms to form a burgeoning sound.

Five time Grammy Winner ARTURO O’FARRILL, pianist, composer, arranger, bandleader, and director of the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra is best known for his contributions to Latin jazz (more specifically Afro-Cuban jazz).

NEA Jazz Master and Memphis Hall of Fame Inductee GEORGE COLEMAN, saxophonist, composer, arranger has performed with jazz’s most legendary figures and influenced countless saxophonists during his half century in music.

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viernes, 1 de septiembre de 2017

Inocencio "Chencho" Rivera takes us to his rhythm

"Chencho" Rivera is a alma mater of Latin American folklore. In his style he expresses 
his simplicity and attachment to our". Luis Raul Montell - Jazz Caribe

The CD:
Inocencio "Chencho" Rivera
"¡Placido Vive!

1. La Vida Es Asi; 2. Sombras; 3. Si Tu Supieras; 4. Hiereme Sin Compasion; 5. Nena Linda Dame Un Beso; 6. Tu Castigo Sera Grande; 7. Cantando; 8. Mulata

The Musicians:
Inocencio "Chencho" Rivera (bass, cuatro, vocal, arranger, productor, educator; Tony Escapa, John Roca (piano); Jose Vazquez (piano-bass); Eliud Velasquez (percussion); Israel Gonzalez ( trumpet, vocal); Sergiomar Santaella (trumpet); Johnny Perez (sax); Luis Ginets (trombones); Jose Velez, Raul Ranger, Elba Lugo, Anita Delgado (vocals)

Latin Jazz, in different versions, we appreciate your music. "Angelitos" is a success forever. Chencho for his charisma has always been reunited and accompanied by the great musicians of his native Puerto Rico and this "Vol. 2 Placido Vive!" is another example of his ability and honor as a musician and person.
Musical pieces of all time by the label "Chencho" Rivera.

La Isla del Encanto and the World enjoy today great musician. Enjoy "Chencho" Rivera that its rhythm is unique.

Inocencio "Chencho" Rivera's Notes:

Inocencio (Chencho) Rivera to gifted and accomplished Bass Player and an out of this world Jazz Musician on the "Cuatro", was born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico in 1932. At an early age he began studying music and by the age of 7 he played the guitar and cuatro. In 1947 he moved to New York City and began his career as a professional musician as guitarist. In the late 1950s I moved to Los Angeles, California initiating a new stage in his career. He started playing the Bass and in the early sixties he joined the Maestro Perez Prado's Orchestra and toured the United States, South America, Scandinavia and Europe. By 1966, I've returned to N.Y.C. and worked with the likes of Tito Rodriguez Orchestra, Candido, Ray Barreto, Willie Colon and Cal Tjader among others, as their Bass Player. Later while visiting Puerto Rico, I joined the Lito Pena's Panamerican Orchestra. In 1973 I traveled to Mexico and played with several outstanding musicians.
In 1975 I met a young woman musician who opened up a new world for him in the use of the "Four Puertorriqueno." Until that time I only played traditional Puerto Rican music. It was a revelation that began a revolution which catapulted the stereotyped "Four" into the limelight and displayed its versatility and that it could be played year round. Chencho having had an ample jazz and tropical music as a Bass player figured it woudl be good for Jazz. In 1976 Chencho moved to Boston where he enrolled in the renowned Berklee College of Music, one of the best schools for jazz in the world, and served as the Latin Ensemble instructor for 2 years. In 1980 I returned to NY and completed his studies at Brooklyn College. "At first, people did not pay much attention to it, I admits." Perhaps his innovative take on the four did not suite the public's fancy back then. But thanks to his many efforts throughout his 30 years, the good ol 'Puerto Rican four has proven that it fits just as well in a "six chorizo" as in jazz and as in classical piece.

¡¡Viva The Latin Jazz!!

miércoles, 2 de agosto de 2017

Revolution of the good with the new CD of the famous drummer Ignacio Berroa "Straight Ahead From Havana"

New Release

Ignacio Berroa Trio
Straight Ahead From Havana
 “... the only Latin drummer in the world in the history of American music that intimately knows both worlds: his native Afro Cuban music as well as Jazz...”
—Dizzy Gillespie 

"Ignacio Berroa has been a drummer very besieged by great stars of the Jazz, due to his handling of drumsticks, his intuition and his adaptation to any rhythm or style, as well as his personality. This leads him to be a super bandleader" - Luis Raul Montell, Jazz Caribe

The CD:

Straight Ahead From Havana
Ignacio Berroa Trio

1. Alma Con Alma; 2. La Tarde; 3. Drume Negrita; 4. No Te Importa Saber; 5. Negro De Sociedad; 6. Deja Que Siga Solo; 7. Los Tres Golpes; 8. Si Me Pudieras Querer; 9. Nuestras Vidas; 10. Me Recordaras

The Musicians:
Ignacio Berroa (drums); Martin Bejarano (piano); Josh Allen (Upright bass); Special Guest: Conrado 'Coky' Garcia (percussion 5, 7); Ruben Blades (vocal 5)

"...Ignacio is not only a terrific drummer, he's a wonderful human being, as well! Martín Bejerano left me drooling!...".

However, I must disagree w. Dizzy when he said that Ignacio was "... the only Latin drummer in the world in the history of American music that intimately knows both worlds: his native Afro Cuban music as well as Jazz..."

I would include (from the pre-Berroa era), such luminaries as Guillermo Barreto & Walfredo de los Reyes (Sr.)! We could then move on to Horacio "El Negro" Hernández, Julio Barreto & most recently, Dafnis Prieto! There are probably a few more coming our way! BTW, this in no way diminishes the talent of my dear friend, Ignacio!

As to the composer of "Drume negrita," there were 3 Grenet bros., Eliseo (the  most prolific), Emilio & Ernesto. Eliseo wrote: the danzón, "La Mora," "Ay, mama Inés," "Lamento cubano," "Lamento esclavo," "Las perlas de tu boca," "Sóngoro Cosongo," etc. Emilio wrote: "Quirino con su tres," "Tú no sabe inglé," "Vito Manué," "Yambambó," etc. He also wrote a wonderful book: "Popular Cuban Music," but it was Ernesto who wrote: "Drume negrita." 

- Sonny Bravo
pianist, arranger
Former Tito Puente Orchestra
Former Mambo Legend Orchestra

"Ignacio Berroa, incredible musician!!"

- Antonio Adolfo
pianist, composer, arranger


Ignacio Berroa has been recognized as one of the greatest drummers of our times. He was included in the 2011 Mp3 compilation entitled “Jazz Drumming Legends” which features some of the most renowned drummers in Jazz history.
Ignacio Berroa was born in Havana Cuba on July 8 1953. He began his musical education at age 11 at the National School of Arts and subsequently at Havana’s National Conservatory, beginning his professional career in 1970. By 1975 Ignacio had become Cuba’s most sought after drummer.
In 1980 he left his country during the Mariel boatlift and settled in New York City where he met the great Cuban musician Mario Bauza who introduced him to Dizzy Gillespie. In August 1981 Gillespie invited Ignacio to join his quartet.
Ignacio Berroa also took part of all the important bands Gillespie assembled during that decade such as: The Dizzy Gillespie 70th Anniversary Big Band, The Dizzy Gillespie All Stars Big Band and the Grammy Award winner, United Nation Orchestra. This relation lasted until Dizzy’s death.
Jazz Legend Dizzy Gillespie best defined Ignacio as: “… the only Latin drummer in the world in the history of American music that intimately knows both worlds: his native Afro Cuban music as well as Jazz…”As an author and a renowned educator he made his mark with the instructional video: Mastering the Art of Afro–Cuban Drumming as well as the books: Groovin’ in Clave and A New Way of Groovin’. He also conducts clinics and master classes around the world.
As a leader, his album“ Codes” was released in 2007 under Blue Note Records. In 2007 Codes was Grammy nominated, winning a Danish Music Award as best International Jazz Album. His second album as a leader “Heritage & Passion” was released in 2014 under 5Passion. Ignacio has recorded and played with musicians of the stature of: McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea, Wynton Marsalis, Freddie Hubbard, Clark Terry, Jackie McLean, Jimmy Heath, James Moody, Jon Faddis, Slide Hampton, Michael Brecker, Milt Jackson, Jaco Pastorius, Ron Carter, Charlie Haden, Tito Puente, Mario Bauzá, Lalo Schifrin, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Danilo Perez, David Sanchez, Michel Camilo, Chico Bouarque, Gilberto Gil, Ivan Lins, Joao Bosco, Lenny Andrade, Lincoln Center Orchestra, WDR Big Band and BBC Big Band to name a few.

We also announce that Ignacio Berroa is one of the artists included in the new album entitled ” Jazz Drumming Legends “. A new compilation by Modern Drummers Magazine and Blue Note Records and issued in the digital domain, presents the legendary drummers from the world of Jazz.

Let us now enjoy one of the pieces that make up this new CD of Mr. Berroa "Drume Negrita", original composition of the legendary Ernesto Lecouna...gozalo!:

¡¡Viva The Latin Jazz!!

miércoles, 26 de julio de 2017

Corina Bartra: The jewel of Afro-Peruvian Jazz + Upcoming presentations

"We like Corina Bartra is made to feel on stage and in her productions with a beautiful 
fusion of Peruvian folklore and jazz, both in music and in her melodious voice", 
Luis Raúl Montell - Jazz Caribe

The CD:
"Afro Peruvian Jazz Celebration"
Corina Bartra & her Azu Project

The Tracks:
1. The Cinnamon Flower; 2. Chacombo; 3. You Took Me by Surprise; 4. Stella by Starlight; 5. Toro Mata; 6. Shrimp; 7. No Valentín; 8. A Shoots Sweet Potato with Foot; 9. You do not know what Love is; 10. Afro Peruvian Folk Song; 11. Bridge of Sighs; 12. Yambambo; 13. I will not Regret a Moment

The Musicians:
Corina Bartra (vocals); Cliff Korman (piano); Vince Cherico (drums); Xavier Perez (sax); Perico Diaz (drawer); Motto Fukushima (bass); Andres Prado (guitar 1, 2, 5 and 6); Alonso Acosta (piano 1, 2, 5 and 6); Oscar Torres (drums 1, 2, 5 and 6); Abel Garcia (sax 1, 2, 5 and 6); Eduardo Freire (bass 1, 2, 5 and 6); Dante Oliveros and Perico Diaz (box 1, 2, 5 and 6); Tino Dorado (piano 7); Peter Brainin (sax 7); Oscar Stagnaro (bass 7); Fred Berryhill, Perico Diaz (percussion 7); Vince Cherico (drums 7); Jay Rodriguez (sax 8, 10 and 12); David Hertzberg (bass 8, 10 and 12)

This "Afro Peruvian Jazz Celebration" is the latest CD released by the Blue Spiral label of the outstanding vocalist, composer and arranger Corina Bartra, in which in addition to continuing to offer songs by its legendary Chabuca Granda, Carlos Soto Colina, Pepe Vasquez and four themes of his own inspiration. Miss Bartra once again located her native Peru between North America and South America to achieve her goal of bringing together, in a single, colorful music.

The recording took place in New York at Peter Karl Studio and in Lima at Elias Ponce Studio, with Miss Bartra counting with the support of the North and South musicians such as Cliff Korman, Vince Cherico, Perico Díaz, Peter Brainin, Oscar Stagnaro And Jay Rodriguez, among others.

Miss Bartra makes this production an authentic 'Celebration' since it is the confirmation of the acceptance throughout the world of this sub-genre of Latin Jazz: Afro Peruvian Jazz and of course we are all glad this fact as it confirms the vast Expansion and growth of our fantastic music.

Miss Bartra, who has numerous presentations at concerts and festivals, is now preparing a new performance at the Kennedy Center, where she has already triumphed, in the US capital of Washington, with her sextet consisting of: Steve Sandberg (piano), Victor Murillo (bass), Perico Diaz (drawer), Daniel Silva (drums) and Jay Rodriguez (sax). The invitation is for the 9 of August 2017 to the 6 of the afternoon and the entrance is free. In the list of musical pieces selected that will interpret Corina Bartra in this opportunity includes of all its productions.

Corina Bartra's Notes:

A sophisticated singer of Latin Jazz, Jazz and music from the contemporary world of Peru.
Corina was the first vocalist to merge Afro Peruana, Creole with jazz. He was also a pioneer and innovator of subtle and exciting instrumental textures in his compositions, arrangements and the format of his band. She writes extensive introductions, interludes, and solos loaded with witty rhythms and beautiful harmonies. She inspires and guides her arrangers in following her direction. With this vision, she added an instrumental section as the only project. Corina has an immense versatility and flexibility in her singing. The Azú project is not its only project. What is significant about Corina is that she is a unique and original artist.

Corina Bartra has a Bachillerato percussion from Long Island University and Mnnes College of Music from Manhattan, NYC. Corina also has a masters vocal singing from the prestigious Queens College of Queens College with the respective honors and in addition to great jazz luminaries such as Kirk Lightsey, Santi Debriano, Steve Berrios, Vince Cherico, Cliff Koror, etc., studying all the Teachers who have come before her and building the International Sound of Jazz and Music of the contemporary world. In one of her pioneering CD's Sol Bambú, she bugs in Afro Peruvian, Creole, and other Latin subcorrients that sets her apart from the crowds. His music has been played in the United States, some countries in Europe and Peru. At this moment it is in the charts United States and Canada.

Corina Bartra's other pioneering and expanding work on barriers was her first recording: Corina Bartra Quartet, an LP out of print today and will soon be re-edited. Corina incorporated the Peruvian box next to great luminaries of the Jazz like Santi Debriano, Kirk Lightsey and Clifford Barbaro. Corina is in the book: The Jazz Singers: by Scott Yanow. Today its

Latest recording? Afro Peruvian Jazz Celebration? Or "Celebrating the Afro Peruvian Jazz? Crowns his achievements within this field.

Acknowledgment of the American Embassy for Corina Bartra & Azu for acting in Peru
A Recognition of the Carnegie Foundation for Acting in Public Libraries throughout New York City
Special guest as an actress by the Peruvian Ambassador to the United Nations
Dean's Listed (University of Mannes) and Honors Graduate (University of L.I.)
Corina Bartra performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.
Corina Bartra has been recipient of a 2008 Arts Council Award in Queens

Here we have this video of one of his successful concerts:

¡¡Viva The Latin Jazz!!

viernes, 7 de julio de 2017

Mariah Parker celebrated new CD "Indo Latin Jazz Live in Concert" with Ancient-Future Rec

"Mariah Parker gently slides her ability and agile hands to show
more passionate, elegant and sensual and moving to its inventive 
musical atmosphere ", Luis Raul Montell - Jazz Caribe

The CD:

Live in Concert

Mariah Parker Indo Latin Jazz


1. Affinity Minus One; 2. Close Passage; 3. For the Waters; 4. Torredembarra; 5. Song for Satie; 6. Sangria; 7. Jaguar Dance; Milo's Moment


Mariah Parker (piano, composer, arranger); Paul McCandless (horns and reeds); Matthew Monfort (scalloped fretboard guitar); Kash Killion (bass 1, 2, 4, 7, 8); Fred Randolph (bass 3, 6); Ian Dogole (2, 3, 4, 6, 7); Brian Rice (percussion); Duru Demetrius (congas 1, 8); Debopriyo Sarkar (tabla 8)

The compositions of Mariah Parker speak of the ample fusion and opening of its music to the world.  All the music is original brilliant of her.

Miss Parker has been in charge of mixing the musical arts of India and the Caribbean to continue contributing to the development of the Latin Jazz.

Mariah’s debut recording, Sangria was released in 2009 and has received airplay on over 468 New World, Jazz, and Latin radio programs, and earned over 90 reviews and media placements including two songs on the Smooth Jazz Now Top 100 Songs of 2009 Chart.
In 2009 Mariah and her Indo Latin Jazz Ensemble performed their debut concert to a full house at Yoshi’s in Oakland. Indo Latin Jazz Live in Concert captures the magic of that first performance as well as subsequent concerts at Berkeley’s Freight & Salvage, the Throckmorton Theater in Mill Valley and Bob Weir’s TRI Studios in San Rafael. This recording is scheduled to be released January 20, 2017.
The group of musicians that accompanies Miss Parker are notable virtuosos of international level, such as: Paul Candless, Grammy Award-winning woodwind and co-founder of the world-renowned ensemble Oregon; Matthew Monfort, founder and leader of the world fusion ensemble Ancient Future and pioneer of the scalloped fretboard guitar; Kash Killion, bassist with the Sun Ra Arkestra, cellist and perfomer on African and Indian string instruments; Ian Dogole, world percussionist, bandleader and collaborator with Ancient Future and Hamza el Din; Brian Rice, percussionist with Mike Marshall and Jovino Santos Neto; Duru Demetrius, Latin percussionist with jazz icons such as Joe Henderson and Herbie Hancock; Debopriyo Sarkar, tabla who recently toured with the Kronos Quartet; and Fred Randolph, bandleader, composer and in-demand bassist who has perfomed with Maria Muldaur.

The next Miss Parker show will be on August 6, 2017 at Portola Vineyards (Summer Jazz Concert Series).

Mariah Parker's Notes:
Mariah Parker  has been playing music from the time she could reach the keys on the grand piano in her family home. While completing her degree in music at UC Santa Cruz, she worked with ethnomusicologist Fred Lieberman and drummer Mickey Hart on the “Planet Drum” project and became fascinated with the possibilities of bridging musical concepts from different traditions. She has performed her original compositions in festivals in the US and Europe. A gifted composer and band leader, she released her first solo recording of her compositions, “Sangria,” in February of 2009. This release received extensive airplay and critical acclaim worldwide.
Let's now enjoy live the Milo's Moment theme that is part of this new CD by Mariah Parker:

¡¡Viva The Latin Jazz!!   

viernes, 30 de junio de 2017

Guitarist Ray Obiedo new CD Latin Jazz Vol. 1 + next presentations since tomorrow 07/01/17

“Ray Obiedo with his strings continues to mark an invigorating rhythm and disturbing
 trend towards the Latin Jazz, now opens a new sequence in his successful race with Latin Jazz Project Vol. 1”. Luis Raul Montell - Jazz Caribe

The CD:

Latin Jazz Project Vol. 1
Ray Obiedo


1. Picadillo; 2. Coral Keys; 3. Caravan; 4. Vera Cruz; 5. St. Thomas; 6. Cubo Azul; 7. Child's Dance; 8. Santa Cruz; 9. Southern Side; 10. Sabor; 11. Cool for Now

Ray Obiedo: "Latin Jazz Project Vol. 1" on Rhythmus Records, is the 8th release by the Bay Area guitarist and composer. This project is a collection of Latin Jazz standards, including three of Obiedo's original compositions. Obiedo enlisted some of the music industries top musicians and longtime co-horts for the project. Percussionist Sheila E., Yellowjackets reed man Bob Mintzer, flutists Elena Pinderhughes and Roger Glenn, trumpeter Ray Vega, timbale master Orestes Vilató, percussionist Peter Michael Escovedo and vocalist Sandy Cressman all make significant appearances. Santana members David K. Mathews, Karl Perazzo and Jeff Cressman also contribute their expertise. This Latin Jazz collection also features sax and flute player Norbert Stachell, steel pan player Phil Hawkins, pianist Peter Horvath, and brothers Marc and Paul van Wageningen on bass and drums. Ray has 5 previous releases on the Windham Hill jazz label. This is his second release on his Oakland-based Rhythmus Records label. The music on Ray's Latin jazz project is a highly-energized and hypnotically rhythmic soundscape revealing all the passion, flavor, color and style of the San Francisco Bay Area which conceived, nourished and inspired Obiedo's latest musical venture.

The album cover seems to indicate "here is the House of Latin Jazz"...

Ray Obiedo's Upcoming Shows:

07/01/2017               San Rafael/California              Fenix/Ray Obiedo & Friends

07/02/2107               San Francisco /California        Fillmore Jazz Fest/Linda Tillery

07/15/2017               Oakland/California                   Yoshi's/Pete Escovedo Orchestra

07/16/2017               Oakland/California                   Yoshi's/Pete Escovedo Orchestra

07/29/2017               Oakland/California                   Sound Room/Ray Obiedo Group

08/12/2017               San Jose/California                 San Jose Jazz Summer Fest/ Ray Obiedo 

Ray Obiedo Notes:

Never has contemporary jazz guitarist Ray Obiedo's genuine lifelong affection for the San Francisco Bay Area's unique musical personality has been more clearly evident or remarkably celebrated than in his newest CD "Latin Jazz Project Vol 1", released nationwide on the Rhythmus Records label.

Even as a child growing up in the East Bay, Obiedo recognized his own profoundly soulful musical connection to the Northern California region and its eclectic blend of exotic multi-ethnic rhythms. Small wonder indeed, many years and successful albums later. Ray has steadily emerged as one of the most expressive and exciting contemporary jazz talents of the decade with a delightfully distinct Bay Area flavor, thoroughly marinating his personal jazz signature and nationwide festival performances.

"Among my favorite childhood memories," Obiedo recalls while relaxing at his self-owned Werewolf Recording Studios in the Oakland Hills, were those numerous trips across the bay to places like the Fillmore Auditorium & Winterland Auditorium to hear some of the greatest rock bands in The world. Everyone from Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin, to the great Isaac Hayes and Sly Stone. It was exciting, inspirational and vibrantly alive. For musicians interested in exploring and creating new sounds, it was absolutely the place to be.

Although Obiedo did not begin studying guitar until his last year in high school, the deep jazz influences of artist like Miles Davis, Wes Montgomery, and Antonio Carlos Jobin had already intricately woven into his musical soul. Even the raw soul of the great James Brown became an indelible component of Obiedo's musical signature.

The Obiedo became totally focused on mastering his instrument and learning the craft of songwriting throughout the 70's and 80's, brightly promising career as a professional jazz artist began taking form. His reputation for musical excellence and creative performance was quickly becoming acknowledged and respected throughout his beloved Bay Area music community.

Johnny "Hammond" Smith, trombonist Julian Priester, Azteca featuring Pete & Sheila Escovedo, Fourplays' Harvey Mason. A world tour in 1978-79 with jazz superstar Herbie Hancock is still one of Ray's most treasured musical memories.

Ray found time in between his stints as a man to lead such popular local bands as the fusion ensemble Kick (featuring a very young Sheila E. on drums and longtime Sonny Rollins pianist Mark Soskin) and the funk-rock group Rhythmus 21 which showcased many Of the Bay Area's leading singers.

As a session player, Ray's guitar work has been nicely presented on albums by artists as diverse as Lou Rawls, George Duke, Brenda Russell, Herbie Hancock, Sheila E & the E Train, Freda Payne, The Whispers, The Delfonics as well as solo Albums by jazz trumpeter Eddie Henderson, former Yellowjackets' saxophonist Marc Russo and Meters drummer Zigaboo Modeliste. Grover Washington Jr's last hit cover of the classic single "Soulful Strut".

Eventually launching his own solo recording career on the Windham Hill Jazz label, Obiedo recorded in less than five contemporary jazz albums over the next few years to steadily increasing levels of critical praise and commercial success.

Beginning with his debut CD "Perfect Crime", through "Iguana", "Sticks & Stones", "Zulaya" and "Sweet Summer Days", Obiedo has consistently remained loyal to his rhythm and blues roots while also sharpening his Afro-funk instincts And highlighting his natural flair for utterly infectious pop and Latin / Brasilian grooves. As a result, he has both discovered and cultivated the fiercely devoted international following.

Typical of Obiedo's album successes was his "Sticks & Stones" CD which peaked at No. 7 on Billboard's contemporary jazz chart and remained in the top 25 for more than 10 weeks. It also scored high on No. 5 on the Radio & Records N A C chart and the Gavin Report adult alternative chart in addition to placing in the Top 20 on the Gavin Report.

Currently appearing with Obiedo on his latest release "Latin Jazz Project Vol 1" are a number of all-star jazz luminaries including the Yellowjackets' Bob Mintzer, percussionist Sheila E, flautist Elena Pinderhughes, master timbalero Orestes Vilato, trumpeter Ray Vega and current Santana Members percussionist Karl Perazzo and keyboardist David K ​​Mathews.

Like one of his idols Henry Mancini, Obiedo's music has found it's way to the silver screen. Ray has contributed source music to major motion pictures "Internal Affairs" starring Richard Gere and "A Shock to the System" starring Michael Caine. Ray also collaborated with singer / songwriter Teresa Trull for the soundtrack to Nicloe Conn's "Claire of the Moon". Obi-Wan and Pete Escovedo Orchestra, Marion Meadows, Linda Tillery, guitarist Bruce Forman, Master Funk Drummer David Garibaldi and The Whispers, Tower of Power, Andy Narell, Sheila E Percussionist Bill Summers.

In recent years, Ray has concentrated heavily on his production / engineering skills. In addition to producing his own album projects, he has produced and engineered a variety of major and released CD's. Obiedo co-produced guitarist Joyce Cooling's 1997's highly successful "Playing it Cool" for Heads Up Records, keyboardist Tom Grant's "Tune It In" for Windhill Jazz Records and saxophonist Marion Meadows' "Next To You". His most recent co-production and engineering credits included Amikaeyla's "Being in Love" featuring bass superstar Esperanza Spalding.

Recent tour as a sideman included in 2012 U.S. With Still Black, Still Proud "An African Tribute to James Brown" featuring Maceo Parker, Pee Wee Ellis, Vusi Mahasela and Cheikh Lo.

"Time is absolutely one of the most precious and valuable luxuries in the recording industry," Obiedo explains, "and without question, the greatest advantage of owning my own studio is having all the time I need to make sure each and every track is Close to perfection as possible. That is simply not possible under other circumstances, when time spent in a studio can very quickly and easily become prohibitively expensive. Unfortunately, creative decisions are made based on economic considerations rather than musical ones. Albums produced in that fashion may be fiscally expedient, but they are not necessarily a accurate reflection of the artist's musical vision. "

His last four CDs, "Sweet Summer Days", "Modern World", "There Goes That" and "Latin Jazz Project Vol 1" were recorded at Obiedo's Werewolf Recording Facilities in the Oakland Hills. It's the primary reason Ray feels more excited than ever about his future recording.

Indeed, the world of contemporary jazz guitarist Ray Obiedo is a highly energized and hypnotically rhythmic soundscape revealing all the passion, flavor, color, and style of the Northern California region which conceived, nourished and inspired the musical soul of this fascinating and prolific jazz artist .

Now we will enjoy the convoy of Pete Escovedo having as special guest Ray Obiedo:

¡¡Viva The Latin Jazz!!

jueves, 22 de junio de 2017

From Master to Master: Antonio Adolfo CD HYBRIDO - From Rio to Wayne Shorter

"The passion, versatility and musical talent of the Maestro Antonio Adolfo celebrates 
now, in his new CD HYBRIDO, with the splendor of Brazilian Jazz, as well as 
Maestro Wayne Shorter" - Luis Raul Montell, Jazz Caribe

The CD:

"HYBRIDO - From Rio to Wayne Shorter"
Antonio Adolfo


1. Deluge; 2. Footprints; 3. Beauty and The Beast; 4. Prince Darkness; 5. Black Nile; 6. Speak no Evil; 7. E.S.P.; 8. Ana Maria; 9. Afosamba

The Musicians:

Antonio Adolfo (piano, composer, arranger, bandleader, producer); Lula Galvao (electric guitar); Jorge Helder (double bass); Rafael Barata (drums and percussion); Andre Siqueira percussion); Jesse Sadoc (trumpet); Marcelo Martins (tenor and soprano saxes, flute 3); Serginho Trombone (trombone); Ze Renato (vocal 2); Claudio Spiewak (acoustic guitar 3)

There is no doubt about Brazil, and all of Latin America, as paridoras Nations of great artistic and cultural values ​​- painting, theater, dance, writers, etc. - in music genius is affirmed. The globe loves the music of our countries, its performers, its sponsors and its fusion with Jazz has grown as much as the Latin Jazz that has achieved with all its people, each in its place, reach unpredictable levels of popularity.
"Thank God for awakening our human senses and allowing us to create and enjoy the most fantastic music in life," Luis Raul Montell
And if in recent years there has been a worthy representative of the Latin Jazz is the Maestro Antonio Adolfo that with his compositions, arrangements and productions, in addition to the different ways of forming his team has given a new breath to our music. The tradition of notable Cariocas with the wise mix of Jazz, with their personal seal has been their secret.
I do not want to expose much about this new work of the Master Antonio Adolfo, based on the music of the well-known Maestro Wayne Shorter, but that valuable arrangements made this to take it to Brazilian Jazz.
The Master Antonio Adolfo says: "Mr. Wayne Shorter is one of my musical idols, both as instrumentalist and composer. His compositions have very rich armonies and melodies, and in my opinion, they can fit very well with the Brazilian tyle". Nothing more certain.
A new work of the Master Antonio Adolfo that continue giving him prestigious place between the great exponents of the Latin Jazz.
He has also given a singer of the front line as his daughter Carol Saboya, considered today one of the winning voices of Brazilian Jazz and with whom he has recorded several times.
And we want to congratulate all his team for the love and determination of our musical genre.

Antonio Adolfo Notes:
Pianist, arranger, producer and educator Antonio Adolfo grew up in a musical family in Rio de Janeiro (his mother was a violinist in the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra), and began his studies at the age of seven. At seventeen he was already a professional musician. His teachers include Eumir Deodato and the great Nadia Boulanger in Paris. During the 60's he led his own trio that participated in several Bossa Nova and Jazz shows in Brazil and toured with singers Leny Andrade, Carlos Lyra, Flora Purim, Wilson Simonal, Elis Regina and Milton Nascimento. Adolfo wrote tunes such as Pretty World (original Brazilian title: Sa Marina) that gained great success and have been recorded by such artists as Sergio Mendes, Stevie Wonder, Herb Alpert, Earl Klugh, Dionne Warwick, and others. He won International Song Contests (Rio - Brazil and Athens - Greece) on two occasions. 
As a musician, arranger and record producer he has worked with some of the most representative Brazilian names, besides having released more than 25 albums under his name. As an educator, he has been teaching music, specially Brazilian music, throughout the world and has written several books (see list in the Educator's section of this website). In 1985 Mr. Adolfo created his own school in Rio, Brazil, now with more than 1,300 students. His 2010 CD album, Lá e Cá/Here and There, follows the footsteps of 2007 live recording Antonio Adolfo e Carol Saboya Ao Vivo/ Live. In 2011 his CD Chora Baiao was released and became awarded. Antonio Adolfo's recent CD "Finas Misturas"/Fine Mixtures has been acclaimed with great reviews and Jazz radio airplay. His recent releases, CD Rio, Choro, Jazz..., as well as his piano solo album O Piano de Antonio Adolfo were nominated for the 2014 Latin Grammy Awards. In 2015, Adolfo had released a CD recorded in New York and Rio, with singer Carol Saboya and harmonicist/vibraphonist Hendrik Meurkes entitled Copa Village and now, the 2015 Latin Grammy Nominee CD Tema, with only original compositions by him. And in 2016, the brand new CD Tropical Infinito being released in May, which has been nominated as Best Latin Jazz album for the 2016 Latin Grammy.
Other facets of the Master Antonio Adolfo is the one of films, educator, has its own school of music, very recognized in Brazil, and its didactic books of music.
Here we offer you, by Master Antonio Adolfo's taste, the theme "Beauty and the Beast" from his CD HYBRIDO ... Gozalo in relax !:

¡¡Viva The Latin Jazz!!