Juan Andrés Ospina: BBB (Barcelona Bogota Boston) (2012)
"Palmaniche" has a pop hook and Colombian Cumbia back-beat, with Roseth's burnished accents on alto sax and Ryan Dragon's sinewy trombone linethe progressions glide to an unexpectedly dramatic finish. This is a fine example of the band's uncluttered song arcs.
"Al Chicamocha" has a Sunday morning urban sparkle, but swings freely and earnestly. Ospina is showy at the piano, but maintains a light, free spirit with intoxicating tango sprints; the sax hand-offs are razor sharp and the playing silky and glowing. The nine-minute "Amherst" is a breezy and shadowy ensemble flyby, with Ospina's wending, contrapuntal piano solo detours and McMahon's cascading rhythms.
Ospina's crisp articulation and Dragon's yearning blue trombone lead; Roseth and Chapnizka's sax flare builds a parallel drama. Hector Ochoa's baroque-like "Muy Antioqueño" is a waltz-time showpiece for the entire ensemble, featuring a sensual narrative and Ospina's keyboards.
With added horns and percussion, the closing "Yasé Mehoku Rira" is a rowdy Barcelona- brass bacchanal, its fiery blue musical flame illuminating one smooth dusk-to-dawn party. Folding local idioms into his musical travelogue, hopefully Ospina will get the opportunity to perform BBB live, and stay around for a long time.
Track Listing: Tracks: Todavia No; Palmaniche; Al Chicamocha; BBB; Muy Antioqueño; Amherst; Yasé Mehoku Rira.
Personnel: Juan Andrés Ospina: piano; Austin McMahon: drums; Ben Roseth: soprano and alto sax; Ryan Dragon: trombone; Matan Chapnizka: tenor sax; Andres Rotmistrovsky: electric bass; Marcelo Woloski: percussion.
Record Label: Self Produced