Hugo Fernandez: Origenes (2014)
Fernández favors the seven-string guitara preference he shares with Bucky Pizzarelli and Howard Alden among others. His playing is characterized by precise intonation and a graceful flow, creating a full, rich, sound whether he's playing single note solo runs or taking on more of an accompanist's role.
Bassist Ander Garcia and drummer Mariano Steimberg form a solid rhythm section. In the front line, saxophonist Ariel Bringuez joins Fernández. The guitar and saxophone combination works well. Both players have warm tones to their sounds, with Bringuez' tenor having a mellow quality that complements the richness of Fernández chordal playing.
The lovely "Brauni" showcases the quartet's ability to play a ballad, all four men delivering restrained and delicate performances. Bringuez' soprano is the lead instrument on the tune, but Fernández also adds his own well-judged solo. Other compositions range from the smooth grooves of "15 Minutos" and "Remedium," the gentle swing of "Salida" (which features some lovely unison playing from Fernández and Bringuez) and "Kiki" and the shifting pace and rhythms of "Rana" and "Ollín."
Track Listing: Kiki; Ollín; Brauni; 15 Minutos; Rana; Salida; Remedium.
Personnel: Hugo Fernández: 7-string guitar; Ariel Brínguez: saxophones; Ander García; double bass; Mariano Steimberg: drums.
Record Label: Self Produced
Style: Modern Jazz