All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

16

carlos Averhoff Jr.: iRESI

Edward Blanco By

Sign in to view read count
Tenor saxophonist Carlos Averhoff, Jr. draws on a rich cultural tradition blending infectious Afro-Cuban rhythms with intricate melodies delivered in a hard-driving manner on his impressive modern-styled, Latin jazz-tinged iRESI. A classically-trained musician from Cuba and the son of Miami-based saxophonist Carlos Averhoff, Averhoff, Jr. now resides in Boston after graduating from the prestigious Berklee College of Music and is a now an educator on the Berklee faculty and also teaches at the Concord Conservatory of Music. His career as a performer actually began in Cuba playing with pianist Roberto Fonseca among others and recording with the renowned Buena Vista Social Club before sharing the stage in the United States with the likes of fellow Cubans Chucho Valdes and Paquito D'Rivera along with jazz luminaries Dave Liebman, Jimmy Cobb, Louis Hayes and alto saxophonist Greg Osby who appears on this album as special guest.

The idea for this remarkable recording was born back in 2008 while still studying music with the unusual title for the project, coming from a West African Yoruba word which means essentially, the inner light of your soul; the lucky star on your shoulder. Perhaps the inner light of Averhoff's Cuban soul inspired him to pen compositions that, in some ways, mix the harmonies and rhythmic elements of Cuban music with modern aspects of contemporary jazz. As such, is an experiment of sorts, exploring new ground in attempt to find a new place on the ever-expanding landscape of this genre we call jazz.

Helping the young saxophonist on his first effort as leader, are some first-call musicians forming a very tight quintet among them, alto saxophonist Osby whose own jazz music label, Inner Circle Music, releases this album. There is a strong Berklee College of Music connection here with fellow faculty members, acclaimed bassist John Lockwood and drummer Francisco Mela rounding out the rhythm section and fellow countryman and award-winning composer, Aruán Ortiz anchoring the section on piano.

The music is striking with the opening "Overstructure" possessing a very modern jazz texture with no hint of the Latin rhythms and main theme of the recording. Firm chords from Ortiz on the keys introduce the following "So Far From Cuba," featuring Lockwood on a fine bass line solo and a splendid tenor joust by the leader in a generally light piece of music. The Afro-Cuban rhythms emerge quite nicely on such tracks as the engaging "Con Calma," the moving "La Caldoza" and "Tumbao para Bebo."

The one exception to the main theme of the album, is the gorgeous balladic "Alina" where the saxophonist plays it soft and gentle against the backdrop of Ortiz's light piano and Mela's soft brush strokes painting this one, sweet and mellow. Carlos Averhoff, Jr. is a dynamic fresh new voice on the saxophone, a talented musician who affirms that often stated axiom "the apple doesn't fall far from the tree," who here, plants a firm foundation with iRESI, a compelling musical statement deserving serious attention which no doubt, it will certainly receive.

Track Listing: Overstructure; Far from Cuba; Amorphous; iRESI; Con Calma; La Caldoza; Alina; Your Feelings; Tumbao para Bebo.

Personnel: Carlos Averhoff, Jr.: tenor saxophone; Greg Osby: alto saxophone; Francisco Mela: drums; Aruan Ortiz: piano; John Lockwood: bass.

Title: iRESI | Year Released: 2015 | Record Label: Inner Circle Music

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
iRESI

iRESI

Inner Circle Music
2015

buy

Related Articles

Read Atwood Suites CD/LP/Track Review
Atwood Suites
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: June 25, 2018
Read Theirs CD/LP/Track Review
Theirs
by Karl Ackermann
Published: June 25, 2018
Read Jubilation! CD/LP/Track Review
Jubilation!
by Jack Bowers
Published: June 25, 2018
Read And She Speaks - A Collection Of Ballads CD/LP/Track Review
And She Speaks - A Collection Of Ballads
by Mark Corroto
Published: June 25, 2018
Read Let Go CD/LP/Track Review
Let Go
by Nicholas F. Mondello
Published: June 25, 2018
Read Undercurrent - Live at Theater Gutersloh CD/LP/Track Review
Undercurrent - Live at Theater Gutersloh
by Ian Patterson
Published: June 24, 2018
Read "Undercurrent - Live at Theater Gutersloh" CD/LP/Track Review Undercurrent - Live at Theater Gutersloh
by Ian Patterson
Published: June 24, 2018
Read "Western Edges" CD/LP/Track Review Western Edges
by John Sharpe
Published: July 2, 2017
Read "The Big Beat" CD/LP/Track Review The Big Beat
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: September 16, 2017
Read "Say" CD/LP/Track Review Say
by Glenn Astarita
Published: January 30, 2018
Read "Grace" CD/LP/Track Review Grace
by James Nadal
Published: August 5, 2017
Read "Soliloquy" CD/LP/Track Review Soliloquy
by Don Phipps
Published: November 28, 2017