Amazon.com Widgets

Fernando Huergo: Living These Times (2009)

By Published: | 3,073 views
Fernando Huergo: Living These Times How we rate: our writers tend to review music they like within their preferred genres.

Bassist Fernando Huergo mixes Afro-Cuban, Brazilian and mainstream jazz grooves on Living These Times, an energetic collection of original music for the East Coast-based Blue Music Group label. The Argentinean-native is aided by an outstanding cast of musical companions, including vocalist Luciana Souza
Luciana Souza
Luciana Souza

vocalist
, flutist Anders Bostrom and pianist Alan Mallet.

With the amount of bass solos heard throughout the recording, there's no mistaking this is a bassist's project. As a soloist, Huergo is exceptional, demonstrating horn-like flourishes on both electric and upright bass. Tunes such as the opening "Albiazul," "The Reason We Don't Get Along" and the title track feature extended bass/percussion breakdowns with chops-heavy excursions. The breezy "Lejania" finds Huergo's lyrical fretless bass in sync with the wordless vocalizing of Souza.

Although the disc emphasizes the Berklee College of Music instructor's prowess on electric bass, Huergo is also a highly adept upright player, as demonstrated on the ballads "La Agonia del Rufian Melancolico" and "Zamba Para Jorge y Emiliano." Huergo's well-crafted compositions, built around the energetic pulse of drummer Steve Langone, leave plenty of open solo space for flutist Bostrom and tenor saxophonist Jacques Schwarz-Bart. The disc's only cover, "How High the Moon," is a raucous Afro-Cuban arrangement featuring pianist Mallet—a disc highlight.

Living These Times is a vibrant musical statement from a charismatic voice among jazz bassists.

Track Listing: Albiazul; La Agonia del Rufian Melancolico; The Reason Why We Don't Get Along; Lejania; Living These Times; Zamba Para Jorge y Emiliano; How High the Moon; Moonlight Over Somerville; October; Afterwards.

Personnel: Fernando Huergo: bass, composer; Luciana Souza: voice; Grazyna Auguscik: voice; Anders Boström: flute; Eric Galm: percussion; Steve Langone: drums; Alan Mallet: piano; Ole Mathisen: saxophone; Pernell Saturnino: percussion; Jacques Schwarz-Bart: saxophone; Juan Cruz de Urquiza: trumpet; Ben Wittman: drums.

Record Label: Blue Music Group

Style: Latin/World


comments powered by Disqus
Support All About Jazz Through Amazon

Weekly Giveaways

Mark Elf

Mark Elf

About | Enter

Stefano Bollani

Stefano Bollani

About | Enter

Carmen Lundy

Carmen Lundy

About | Enter

Wadada Leo Smith

Wadada Leo Smith

About | Enter

Sponsor: Nonesuch Records | BUY NOW

Enter it twice.
To the weekly jazz events calendar

Enter the numbers in the graphic
Enter the code in this picture

Log in

One moment, you will be redirected shortly.

or search site with Google