Arturo Stable: Cuban Crosshatching (2013)
Brought to life by an outstanding band, this inventive set is aesthetically pleasing, vividly imagined, and filled with melodicism and space. Guitarist Lionel Loueke demonstrates his unique versatilityproviding stimulating comps on the sultry "Havana Lights" or stylistic fingering on the mid-tempo swinger "Mr. Brake." Saxophonist Seamus Blake's rousing work encompasses emotion and nuance on the luxurious "Danzón de Gloria" or fire-baptized runs alongside Stable's infectious percussion on "Duet with Sax."
The presence of Mexican-born singer Magos Herrera on the compelling "Pienso en tí" only adds to the enjoyment; her lovely voice complimented by the group's elegant support. The unfaltering focal point of bassist Edward Perez is the anchor, highlighted on "Let It Be Spring" and the abstract-leaning "Tinto." Stable's writing is empathetic and democratic; exposing each musician's artistry while subtly and expertly revealing skills marked by touch and emotion including some extraordinary piano chops on "Duet with Guitar 2," as the percussionist and Loueke exchange in a gentle dialogue. Its pleasant surprise is consistent with the project's vibeilluminating Stable's thoughtfulness as a musician and composer.
Track Listing: Havana lights; Táita; Mr. Brake; Pienso en tí; Reverence; Duet with Sax; Danzón de Gloria; Duet with Voice; Let it be Spring; Habana del Este; Letters to Luz; Tinto; Duet with Guitar 2.
Personnel: Arturo Stable: compositions, arrangements, percussion, piano (13); Lionel Loueke: Guitar; Seamus Blake: saxophones; Edward Perez: bass; Magos Herrera: vocals (4, 8).
Record Label: Origen Records
Style: Modern Jazz