Acutely adept at both the simmer and boil of his mercurial compositions and a fluid improviser, guitarist/composer Juan Dhas, a Summa Cum Laude graduate from the Berklee College of Music at the age of twenty, proves himself a maturing, expansive and ever thoughtful player on Catharsis.
As first heard on Embracing Clarity, his self produced 2014 debut, Dubai-born and Bogota-based, twenty-four year old Dhas has quickly developed an elementally warm, crisp, and highly accessible tone that gives free wing to fully probe his articulate imaginings. "Reverie" opens with a ballet of clear, ringing lines settled within the assured confines of his equally agile rhythm section of upright bassist Kike Harker and the shivery, light touch of drummer Ramón Berrocal. Like advance scouts, Harker and Berrocal open the way for Dhas to follow his many studied leanings, be it the John McClaughlin inspired ballad "Alma," which starts out diaphanous and dreamy, only to evolve into a slow, emotional burner, or the Pat Metheny float and fusion of "Deeper Spirit." "If I Only Could" is a richly contoured, yearning solo. "Story of Night" and "Beacons" then propels Dhas, Kike, Harker and Catharsis into more elastic, outer realms of dynamic interplay and shimmering, melodic wanderings. It's assuring to know this adventurous player is in our listening future.
Track Listing: Reverie; Deeper Spirit; Alma; Showers over a Silent Lake; If Only I Could; Story of Night; Conscience; Beacons; Sleep.
Rhythm Abstraction: Azure is the first volume of new compositions created as a follow up to 2018’s
release Rhythm Kaleidoscope. As with that release, Brock Avery improvised drum and percussion
solos. Frank Macchia then composed music for woodwinds and orchestra to Brock’s creations. Azure
is the first of three extended play albums of 6-7 compositions which will be released starting in
January and followed up in April and July. In Azure we have a created a group of pieces that continue
our quest for honoring the art of improvisation with a “stream-of-consciousness” sense of
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