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Fahir Atakoglu / Horacio Hernandez / Anthony Jackson: If

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If is such a short and simple title for a CD, and this one features a piano trio performing the music in a simple configuration: piano/bass/drums. But nothing's ever as simple as it seems. The classic piano trio offerings range from quirky, angular and oddly logical Thelonious Monk sets to the bounce of Bud Powell, the introspection and almost surreal, delicate beauty of Bill Evans, the powerhouse attack of McCoy Tyner, and more.Turkish-born pianist Fahir Atakoglu brings an assertive and exotic approach to the piano trio format, blending a geographical mixture that includes the sounds of his own ...

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Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez & Robby Ameen: Robby & Negro At The Third World War (La Timba No es Como Ayer)

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Horacio “El Negro" Hernandez and Robby Ameen pack a whole lot into this collaboration. The prime beat comes from Latin music, but there is hip-hop, classical, and jazz as well. How does it all fit in? Just perfectly, thank you!

The different strands go to make a compact body which the players get into and bring alive, with the arrangements adding to the potency. On “The Moon Shows Red (Tzuki...) Jerry Gonzalez sits in on trumpet and Ameen and Hernandez are joined by the Hioyuki Koike quartet, comprised of two violins, a cello and a viola. The strings, ...

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Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez/Robby Ameen: Robby & Negro At The Third World War (La Timba No es Como Ayer)

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Have you ever heard a salsa version of “Sympathy for the Devil ? With the piano carrying the melody and a myriad of percussion instruments forming the swaggering beat? No matter what preconceptions or feelings you have towards the original, it's hard not to find yourself moving with the opening track on Robby & Negro at the Third World War. And if you weren't swaying, as the song transitions into “el Cielo, the second part of the medley, there is no way to avoid being caught by the rhythmic interplay.Arrested as a child in Havana for playing Jack ...

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Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez: Live at the Modern Drummer Festival

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With a breadth of ability, drummer Horacio “El Negro" Hernandez still maintains strong roots in the traditional music of his native Cuba. Despite playing in a variety of contexts since relocating to New York City a few years ago, and recording with artists including Victor Mendoza, David Samuels, Steve Turre and, most notably, on Carlos Santana's mega-hit Supernatural , the clave has never been far from the surface. No more evident is this fact than on Live at the Modern Drummer Festival , culled from two performances he gave at the annual festival back in May of '00. With a ...

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Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez: Italuba

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Drummer Horacio “El Negro" Hernandez arrived in New York from his native Cuba (via Italy) and slipped into the percussion driver's seat on recordings by pianists Michael Camilo and Chucho Valdes, trumpeter Roy Hargrove and guitar legend Carlos Santana, helping those artists snag a bunch of Grammy Awards. Italuba “"the title a melding of the names of his native land and that of the country that welcomed him on his initial expatriation""marks his overdue debut as a leader. The set brims with a percussive gusto full of classic Afro-Cuban rhythms, with a muscular heft to the sound. On ...

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Horacio 'El Negro' Hernandez : One Size Fits All

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Horacio “El Negro" Hernandez is a drummer for all seasons. One size fits all. A consummate pro with broad musical tastes, he graces the bands and recordings of a wide variety of performers, not just those in the jazz realm. He's a drummer. Period. Don't mistake that for “any ol' drummer," because he is far from that. He is determined. He worked hard to become a percussionist extraordinaire. He's passionate about his art, devoted to creating music.Simply stated, El Negro is driven.Horacio Hernandez, the master drummer from Cuba, is able to fit into any style, dress ...

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John Patitucci, Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez, Pablo Di Sabatino: Threeo

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Threeo is a multi national effort. American John Patitucci, Italian native Paolo Di Sabatino and Horacio Hernandez whose roots are in Cuba get together for a session which merges their respective ideas on jazz music. Even though each has equal billing, it's Paolo Di Sabatino who emerges as dominant player as his piano sets the tone for each piece. This is not to suggest that his cohorts are only there to fill in gaps. To the contrary, they make important contributions to the way the music is presented. But it is the pianist who controls each track with his percussive ...



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