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Alexis Cuadrado: A Bassist in New York

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Bassist, bandleader, and innovative composer Alexis Cuadrado has made a name for himself over the last decade with a series of ambitious albums that push the envelope of jazz composition. His latest work A Lorca Soundscape (Sunnyside, 2013) may very well represent the most challenging piece yet to emerge from his restive mind. As thought provoking as it is musically stirring, the album puts to music the poetry of Federico García Lorca's seminal collection “A Poet in New York," finding in its intoxicating imagery and potent social protest the inspiration for a modern work of great lyricism and humanism.

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Alexis Cuadrado: A Lorca Soundscape

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When times are tough, injustice is in the air, and something needs to be said, jazz always finds a way to do the talking. In times past, it was Billie Holiday singing “Strange Fruit" at Cafe Society, drummer Max Roach and vocalist Abbey Lincoln pouring their hearts out on We Insist! Max Roach's Freedom Now Suite (Candid, 1960), bassist Charles Mingus railing against injustice with soul stirring epics, and bassist Charlie Haden sermonizing with his Liberation Music Orchestra; today, it's bassist Alexis Cuadrado looking through a Lorca lens of his own creation. Cuadrado's A Lorca Soundscape, which ...

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Alexis Cuadrado: Noneto Ibérico

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Bassist Alexis Cuadrado imparts his vernacular as a composer in Noneto Ibérico, a nine-movement work commissioned by The Chamber Music America-Doris Duke Foundation's “New Works" program. With a potent nine-piece band that includes Alan Ferber, Avishai Cohen, and others, Cuadrado puts a fresh timestamp on Spanish Flamenco and modern jazz with writing in the vein of contemporary composers such as Guillermo Klein. This crosspollination of idioms has been covered in numerous recordings, yet Cuadrado's insight fleshes out some unique ideas. Each movement is based upon a flamenco song-style called “Palo," which can incorporate varied yet distinct tempos ...

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Take Five With Alexis Cuadrado

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Meet Alexis Cuadrado: Born in 1971 in Barcelona, Spain, and currently based in New York, Alexis is an active member of the New York jazz scene.Since 1993 he has performed in Spain, Europe and the US with some of today's most outstanding groups and soloists such as Kurt Rosenwinkel, Bruce Barth, Ben Monder, Perico Sambeat, Jordi Rossy, Allan Skidmore, Dennis Rowland, Louis Stewart, Sean Levitt, Peter King and John Stetch to name a few.Alexis graduated in Jazz Studies at Taller de Musics in Barcelona in 1993, and studied with bassists Mario Rossy, Larry Grenadier and Marc ...

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Alexis Cuadrado Sextet: Visual

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Barcelona-born bassist Alexis Cuadrado has spent much time on both sides of the pond, as a sideman of Kurt Rosenwinkel and Bruce Barth; a student of Larry Grenadier and Francois Rabbath; and a teacher in New York, his current home. On Visual, his second outing as a leader (after 2001's Metro ), Cuadrado is joined by Kris Bauman (alto saxophone, clarinet), John Ellis (tenor and soprano saxophones, flute, bass clarinet), Steve Cardenas (guitar), and the Ferber twins, Mark and Alan (drums and trombone, respectively). The sextet covers a wide stylistic palette, ranging from light funk ("Quick," “Black ...

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Alexis Cuadrado: Metro

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Bassist Alexis Cuadrado (he’s a guy) leads a quintet on this fine all-original session. Kicking off with “Nit," based on “Night In Tunisia" changes, pianist Pete Rende and guitarist Steve Cardenas trade buoyant 8-bar statements over a dancing 6/8 groove, ultimately yielding the floor to an eloquent solo by Cuadrado himself. Cardenas and alto saxophonist Kris Bauman return with a tight shout chorus before the main theme returns. The band segues effortlessly into the mellow, swinging “New and Old," then brings the rhythm to a boil on “One Way Ticket," for which Rende switches to Fender Rhodes. Cardenas waxes Metheny-esque ...



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