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Children Of The Light Trio at Blue Note

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Children Of The Light Trio Blue Note Jazz Festival New York, NY June 18, 2014 Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, and Brian Blade: Who are three musicians capable of improving and altering the course of any musical situation which they may encounter? That Jeopardy-style answer could certainly accompany the very mention of those three names. Another one could go something like this: Who are the three brilliant musical instigators-turned-responders that work together in saxophonist Wayne Shorter's acclaimed post-millennial quartet? And a third may read like this: Who are three of the most ...

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Danilo Perez: Bridging Cultures and Dimensions of Jazz

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Whether with his own ensembles or as a sideman, Danilo Perez has long been an iconic jazz pianist, but above and beyond his success as a performer and recording artist, he has become a manifestation and symbol of cross-cultural dialogue. His music brings together mainstream and Latin influences in a unique way. He always brings something new into the mix, whether early on with Dizzy Gillespie, Jon Hendricks or Wynton Marsalis, his award-winning CD, Panamonk (Implulse, 1996), and more recently with the Wayne Shorter Quartet as well as his own groups featuring Brian Blade, John Patitucci, Ben Street, Adam Cruz, ...

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Danilo Perez: Panama 500

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Danilo Perez is one of our finest contemporary jazz pianists and educators. Most recently, he has recorded and toured extensively with the ground-breaking Wayne Shorter Quartet. Residing in the Boston area, Perez maintains close ties with his native Panama and has initiated jazz education and festival programs there. In this album, devoted to his cultural origins, he becomes the creator of a multi-dimensional musical suite in celebration of the 500th anniversary of Spanish explorer Balboa crossing the Isthmus of Panama. Perez combines Panamanian, European, Latin-Hispanic, and Native Central American styles into a beautifully coherent musical feast, using two ...

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Danilo Perez and Friends Celebrate McCoy Tyner: Philadelphia, PA, April 14, 2012

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Danilo Perez QuartetJazz Up Close SeriesPerelman TheaterKimmel Center for the Performing ArtsPhiladelphia, PAApril 14, 2012In the 2011-2012 concert season, the decade-long Jazz Up Close series curated by artistic director Danilo Perez has featured tributes to legendary Philadelphia jazz musicians, including the Heath Brothers, Benny Golson, Lee Morgan, and in this final Spring concert, McCoy Tyner. One might have expected that Tyner himself would perform, but he has limited his engagements recently, possibly on account of his age and health. Danilo Perez and his group, however, ably recapitulated Tyner originals with graceful ...

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Oscar Perez / Nuevo Comienzo: Afropean Affair

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On Afropean Affair , pianist/composer Óscar Pérez treads an appealing line between Afro-Latin jazz and modern jazz reminiscent of the Cuban band Irakere--or, perhaps, the first couple of Chick Corea Return to Forever discs, with saxophonist/flautist Joe Farrell and drummer Airto). A native of New York City, Pérez's early immersion in both Afro-Cuban and European classical music came courtesy of his parents, who hail from Cuba and Colombia. After studying violin, piano, and guitar as a youth, Pérez dedicated himself to the piano when he arrived at the University of North Florida in the early 1990s. After ...

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Danilo Perez: On Providencia

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Danilo Perez performs music from Providencia (Mack Avenue, 2010) at the 2010 Detroit International Jazz Festival, talks about his music and musical inspirations, the power of Panamanian music, and how alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa helps shape the sound of his new music. Review: Providencia Inspired by the wonderment and challenge of contributing to a healthy future for his two daughters, Panamanian pianist Danilo Pérez presents an eleven-track suite of globally conscious music, fusing elements of jazz, classical and Latin American folk music. Providencia, Pérez's debut ...

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Danilo Perez Trio Meets Thelonious Monk: Live at the Kimmel Center

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Danilo Perez TrioKimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Perelman Theater Philadelphia, PANovember 13, 2010Thelonious Monk was a remarkable figure, and his music continues well beyond his lifetime to influence musicians on many levels. Truly “An American Original," as the subtitle of Robin D.G. Kelley's definitive biography calls him, he took stride piano, bebop, gospel, and other influences and wove them into a mix that was all his own, repeatedly inventing new forms and phrases that often defy analysis. His off-center syncopation was a trademark of his playing. As the late Paul Desmond once said, “Thelonious ...

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Danilo Perez: Providencia

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Inspired by the wonderment and challenge of contributing to a healthy future for his two daughters, Panamanian pianist Danilo Pérez presents an eleven-track suite of globally conscious music, fusing elements of jazz, classical and Latin American folk music. Providencia, Pérez's debut for Mack Avenue Records, is an ambitious project, incorporating his longtime trio-mates, bassist Ben Street and drummer Adam Cruz, with an eclectic cast of guest musicians. The result is a genre-defying foray into highly-structured compositions heightened by intense improvising. A seamless melding of styles is evident on the lengthy opener “Daniela's Chronicles," a piece written for Pérez's ...

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David Hidalgo & Louie Perez: The Long Goodbye

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The creative impulse that David Hidalgo and Louie Perez bring to Los Lobos might well be camouflaged within the collective efforts of the band that produces such memorable work as Kiko (Slash/Warner Bros, 1992) and The Town and The City (Hollywood, 2006), but this collection of easygoing, informal recordings by the pair illuminate just how they spark the ingenuity of that band from east LA.

The simplicity inherent in this set of previously unreleased recordings, completed over a span of four decades, is its greatest virtue, but a deceptive one nonetheless. Hidalgo and Perez are such manifestly intelligent men and ...

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Danilo Pérez: Things to Come: 21st Century Dizzy

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Danilo PérezKoerner HallToronto, ONMarch 27, 2010 Danilo Pérez was part of Dizzy Gillespie's United Nations Orchestra back in 1989 and is now firmly established as a pianist in his own right. In tribute to one of bebop's pioneers, he brought a multicultural program entitled “Things To Come: 21st Century Dizzy" to the halls of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, accompanied by tenor saxophonist David Sanchez, alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, trumpeter Amir ElSaffar, percussionist Jamey Haddad, bassist John Patitucci and drummer Adam Cruz. In the spirit of a global musical appeal, Pérez felt that ...

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Danilo Perez and Somi at the Kimmel Center

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Verizon HallThe Kimmel Center for the Performing ArtsPhiladelphiaMarch 19, 2010

In this concert, the performance by Danilo Perez' group (entitled “Things to Come: 21st Century Dizzy") was supplemented with an opening set by the up-and-coming vocalist Somi, making for an interesting combination of diverse jazz flavorings. Somi's unique African-based renderings was followed by compositions dedicated to or written by Dizzy Gillespie, which were energetically executed with distinctly postmodern arrangements and interpretations.

Somi is a remarkable singer. Her range goes as low as Nina Simone's and as high as Roberta Gambarini's, echoing styles from ...

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Danilo Perez: Across the Crystal Sea

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At its most basic, Crystal Sea features pianist Danilo Perez leading a quartet with bassist Christian McBride and drummer Lewis Nash, supported by percussionist Luis Quintero. Cassandra Wilson radiates vocals through two standards, “Lazy Afternoon" and “(All of a Sudden) My Heart Sings." Beyond these two standards, Claus Ogerman, who arranged and conducted the orchestra, contributes the melancholic closer ("Another Autumn") plus, according to his arranger's notes, five other pieces “based on classical themes I've known all my life and have always wanted to adapt and record" by Sibelius, Rachmaninoff, Massenet, Manuel de Falla, and Hugo Distler.

But ...

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La Grande Perezade: Urban Bush

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La Grande Perezade is a “mini big band" outfit comprised largely of French jazz and improvisational figures, though “big band" does not begin to describe the sounds within Urban Bush. Conductor and writer jean-Baptiste Perez's compositions stroke broadly across genres as diverse as anthemic fusion rock, free jazz blowouts and brief horn duets without ever losing a sense of unity.

Take the first track, “Le Tic-Tac de la Bombe," which starts off nice and droney, building as elegantly as an Ellington ballad played at half speed. Similar in style to some of Anthony Braxton's Arista efforts, ...

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Danilo Perez: Across The Crystal Sea

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During the course of their collaboration on Across the Crystal Sea, pianist Danilo Perez and arranger Claus German defy convention as much as they utilize it to their own ends. Like the colors in the cover painting at first seem like pastels, but upon close inspection reveal deeper tones, the contrast of the orchestration with a jazz ensemble led by the veteran pianist is symbiotic yet rife with surprise.

To merely describe this album as a trio plus strings will no doubt generate more than a little trepidation, even when mentioning the themes upon which the compositions are based come ...



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