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!!


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