Gabriel Alegria: Nuevo Mundo (2009)
Tenor saxophonist Laurandrea Leguia, acoustic guitarist Yuri Juarez, bassist Joscha Oetz and drummer Hugo Alcazar complete the sextet. The result is an oft times breezy and alternatively funky vibe that encounters bop and modern jazz on very amicable terms. CD opener "Buscando a Huevito" invites trombonist Bill Watrous and trumpeter Bobby Shew into the mix for some lovely harmonies before Alegriía's vampy trumpet contrasts against Juarez's lovely guitar and a delicate rhythmical backdrop offers a singular version of "Summertime." "El Norte" uses the chords from "Take Five" in the context of a quick festejo rhythm that has guest Tierney Sutton vocalizing the melody and Oetz hypnotically reconnoitering the original. "Las Hijas Del Sol" benefits from Russell Ferrante's soulful modern keyboards.
"El Sur" is a forum for Alegiía's beautiful tone until Lobaton works his magic against intriguing Juarez guitar chords for an engaging percussive respite. More energetic bop waits on "Piano De Patio Y Bongo" before "El Mar" closes things out with luscious flugelhorn and broad soundscape. What Alegria has artfully done on Nuevo Mundo is combine this rich indigenous sound with jazz in a way that maintains the elegance of the latter while opening it up through the former's harmonics and improvisation.
Track Listing: Buscando a "Huevito"; Summertime; El Norte; Las Hijas Del Sol; El Sur; Piano De Patio Y Bongo; El Mar.Buscando a "Huevito"; Summertime; El Norte; Las Hijas Del Sol; El Sur; Piano De Patio Y Bongo; El Mar.
Personnel: Gabriel Alegria: trumpet, flugelhorn; Freddy "Huevito" Lobaton: percussion (cajon, cajita, quijada de burro), zapateo dancing; Laura Andrea Leguia: tenor saxophone; Hugo Alcazar: drums, percussion. Joscha Oetz: acoustic bass; Walter "Jocho" Velasquez: acoustic guitar; Bobby Shew: trumpet; Bill Watrous: trombone; Lisa Harriton: vocals; Tierney Sutton: vocals; Russell Ferrante: keyboards.
Record Label: Saponegro Records