Silvano Monasterios: Unconditional (2011)
Monasterios offers a varied selection of music drawing on South American rhythms, a touch of Brazil, up tempo jazz and the alluring laid back ballad found on the title trackeach piece as inviting as the next. The pianist dedicates "Farmacia del Angel" (the angel's pharmacy), to his father, a doctor who introduced him to the piano in an expression of "unconditional" love. The piece features the pianist and Roberts on delicate passages. The music turns intense on "Monsieu Petit Noir" with passionate playing from both Roberts and the leader on a number dedicated to his pet dog who provides more "unconditional" love so important to this artist that he chose the word and its meaning as the theme of this project.
"Song For Jacques" is a two-part suite featuring plenty of Monasterios' playing and also featuring bowed bass lines from Jon Dadurka and exciting percussion from Jose Gregorio Hernandez and drummer Zuniga. Robertswho remains prominent throughoutchanges to the soprano sax on Phil Markowitz's "Sno Peas," a long-time favorite of the pianist, who writes a brilliant new arrangement for this occasion. Monasterios switches to the electric piano on the dark "Black Saint," blending African and South American rhythms with a modern jazz approach for the concluding piece of the album.
There are only eight pieces on Silvano Monasterios' monster of an album, yet each track of Unconditional is stylistically unique offering an assortment of colors inspired by the feelings of an unconditional situation, whether it's about love or the commitment to music.
Track Listing: Farmacia del Angel; Monsieur Petit Noir; A Song For Jacques Part I; A Song For Jacques Part II; Sno' Peas; Forgotten Gods; Unconditional; Black Saint.
Personnel: Silvano Monasterios: piano; Troy Roberts: saxophones; Jon Dadurka: bass; Gabriel Vivas: bass (5); Rodolfo Zuniga: drums; Jose Gregorio Hernandez: percussion.
Record Label: Savant Records