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Luis Perdomo: Links

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It's traditional in almost all genres of music that the innovators are always given the most attention. This holds true in jazz as right now as artists like Robert Glasper, Rudresh Mahanthappa, and Darcy James Argue are praised for being bold innovators in the world of jazz. While innovation and boundary- pushing are necessary in the development of jazz, there is also great value in doing something traditionally, but executing it perfectly. Especially in jazz, which is so focused on improvisation, just as much innovation can occur in the solos the artists play as in blending of styles or new ...

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Luis Perdomo: The Infancia Project

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Pianist Luis Perdomo's presence is marked by attributes that include lyricism, depth and adaptability. The onetime member of saxophonist Ravi Coltrane's quartet has worked on many releases for artists like trombonist Steve Turre and saxophonist Miguel Zenón. His visibility is coming more into focus with The Infancia Project, which the New York-based pianist avoided making for many years over concerns of being typecast as “just another" Latin jazz musician. While the project's flavor is influenced by the rich ethnic sounds of Perdomo's upbringing in Caracus, Venezuela, it identifies both the pianist's past and present, one that is ...

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Luis Perdomo: Walking Towards the Light

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Pianist Luis Perdomo's fingers dart across the keys, eloquently telling the stories that traverse his mind in that instant; doing so in a manner that enraptures an audience. He moves people, and does so in a manner that appears, on the surface, easy. Like great athletes. Like other great musicians. This is one of the finer pianists out there, playing music from his heart and with plentiful chops and great vision.Perdomo's name--he hails from Venezuela--at times has placed him, in the eyes of some, in the Latino bag. Not that there's anything wrong with that. That music is ...

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Luis Perdomo: Universal Mind

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While pianist Luis Perdomo has earned plenty of praise for his work in Latin jazz settings with different artists such as percussionist Ray Barretto and saxophonist Miguel Zenón, classifying him as a “Latin jazz pianist" would be a mistake. Perdomo may earn his daily bread playing piano with many Latin luminaries and legends-to-be, but his work with saxophonist Ravi Coltrane and his own albums place him at the vanguard of modern jazz, in all of its expansive and inclusive glory. Universal Mind is the Venezuelan-born pianist's fourth release as a leader, but it marks the debut of ...

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Luis Perdomo: Venezuelan Connection

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How do you get from Caracas, Venezuela to Carnegie Hall? Well, first you come to the States on vacation, win a full scholarship to a conservatory, study with legends like Roland Hanna, then... well, you get the idea.That's the journey undertaken by pianist and composer Luis Perdomo. It's a trip that has taken him from Latin powerhouses like Timbalaye and Ray Barretto's band to more mainstream jazz groups led by folks like Ravi Coltrane and Brian Lynch. Perdomo has released two CD's of his own in the past two years, and AAJ contributor Jason Crane spoke with him ...

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Luis Perdomo: Venezuelan Connection

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Jason Crane interviews pianist Luis Perdomo. Since coming to New York from his native Venezuela, Perdomo has blossomed as a player. As a student at the Manhattan School of Music and at Queens College, he studied with pianists Harold Danko and Sir Roland Hanna. As a professional musician, he's played with Ray Baretto, Ravi Coltrane, Miguel Zenon, Dafnis Prieto, and Timbalaye, to name a few. Perdomo's adventurous new record is Awareness (RKM Music, 2006). It features his working trio of Hans Glawischnig on bass and Eric McPherson on drums, and on several tracks, an expanded group with bassist Henry Grimes ...

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Luis Perdomo: Awareness

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From the very first notes, pianist Luis Perdomo's Awareness demands attention because of its enormous energy: this record simply will not fade into the aural background. As shown by his debut release, Focus Point, Perdomo is a very thoughtful and intense musician who refuses to be pigeonholed in any single genre among the styles that comprise the sum of his influences. He calls himself a jazz musician first and a Latin musician second, and this release makes the point even more strongly than the previous one. Focus Point was a very good record, but ...



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