|Add Date:||2017-09-27|| ||Pull Date:||2017-11-29|| ||Charts:||Jazz|
|Week Ending:||8 Oct||1 Oct|
Review: pianist Virelles takes Afro Cuban jazz into the 21st century with short sonic eclectic and sometimes abstract pieces of modern jazz. His versatile troupe of musicians can bend & swing wherever he leads. Careful: almost every track ends suddenly, right at the point where you are really in the groove.
If You Like: Omar Sosa, Vijay Iyer, Yelena Eckemoff, Nana Vasconcelos, Egberto Gismonti
Review (favorites denoted by *): 1/ Del Tabaco Y El Azucar (4:01) - piano starts> slow spacey jam becomes loud & intense, then fades *2/ Fititi Nongo (2:24) - uptempo jam> piano solo to quick stop *3/ Lengua 1 - piano strts> slow tempo jam builds to uptempo & off-kilter> quick stop 4/ Erume Kondo (2:03) piano starts> slow tempo jam> percussion joined by male vocal & chanting> quick stop 5/ Benkomo (5:25) - percussion starts> slow off-kilter jam> male vocal & chanting> quick stop *6/ Tierra (6:16) - piano starts joined by heavy percussion> morphs into heavy off-kilter midtempo space jam> piano solo swings into uptempo jam> quick stop *7/ De Ida Y Vuelta 1 - piano played with heavy notes starts slow then mellows into gorgeous piano solo and stops 8/ Lengua 2 (1:35) - sax starts> slow space jam> slow free jazz jam> quick stop 9/ De ida Y Vuelta 2 (2:33) - piano starts> hesitating & off-kilter midtempo jam> quick stop 10/ Nuna (2:40) - woodblock starts> slow percussion jam> quick stop *11/ Epilogo (1:56) - sax starts> midtempo off-kilter jam> chanting> quick stop 12/ Dos (4:04) - piano solo starts with slow plodding ominous heavy chords & stops on a chord *13/ Caracola (1:28) - flute/percussion starts> slow tempo jam> quick stop 14/ Visiones Sonoras (1:19) - piano starts> uptempo & loud/cacophonous jam> brief pause>loud jam> quick stop 15/ De Portal (2:36) - piano solo> slow & ominous - heavy chords build to builds to midtempo with several pauses & stops 16/ De Tres (0:41) - sax starts with percussion> brief midtempo jam> quick stop 17/ De Cuando Era Chiquita 92:50) - piano solo> heavy chords slow & methodical> mellows to stop *18/ piano solo> slow heavy notes swing uptempo & heavy> & stops