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Xose Miguelez

"Xose Miguelez has established himself as a mainstay of the international jazz scene." Hray Attarian, All about jazz.

His quartet features Jean-Michel Pilc, piano, Marcos Cavaleiro, drums and Carlos Barretto, dlbass They released in 2022 "Contradictio", second album by the American jazz record label "Origin records" . He earned a master's degree in jazz performance at the "Guildhall School of Music" in London and a BA in jazz from "Esmae" in Oporto. He complemented his music education studying privately with Chris Cheek, Matt Otto, Ethan Iverson and Jean Toussaint among others. Xose teaches traditional Galician music and heads the jazz orquestra at the "Conservatorio profesional de música de Ourense". He is a "Forestone - Japan" and "Jody-jazz Usa" artist.


Martín Codax awards. Best jazz album 2019 for "Ontology" Origin records

Martín Codax awards. Best jazz album 2022 for "Contradictio" Origin records


Album Review

Xose Miguélez: Contradictio

Read "Contradictio" reviewed by Jane Kozhevnikova

After an album of Spanish-flavored original tunes, Ontology (Origin Records, 2019), Galicia-based saxophone Xose Miguélez releases Contradictio. Alongside Miguélez, the album features Jean-Michel Pilc on piano, Carlos Barretto on bass and Marcos Cavaleiro on drums. Both Miguélez and Pilc are listed as the album producers. The forceful energy of this great French pianist comes out in every tune. Unlike Ontology, Contradictio includes several jazz standards. “You and the Night and the Music," written by Arthur Schwartz, starts ...

Album Review

Valentín Caamaño: All The Gods

Read "All The Gods" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

All the Gods is the fourth album from Spanish guitarist and composer Valentín Caamaño, a recording which he describes as his most personal to date. On previous albums, Caamano revisited the works of boppers (be-and hard-) such as Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker and Grant Green. On All the Gods—accompanied by saxophonist Xose Miguelez, bassist Alfonso Calvo and drummer Miguel Cabana— he updates those influences with a set of mostly original compositions that clearly trace their lineage back to those stars ...

Album Review

Xose Miguelez: Contradictio

Read "Contradictio" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Galician composer and saxophonist Xose Miguelez has established himself as a mainstay of the international jazz scene. His superb second release as leader, Contradictio, showcases his talents to the full. A taut quartet session, it consists of inventive originals and clever arrangements of standards. Well- versed in bop and his own ethnic music, Miguelez excitingly fuses both traditions. The warm, tense opener “Meniña" starts with bassist Carlos Barretto's dramatic refrains. Once the ensemble launches into the main theme ...

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Following on from the succesful recording of his album Ontology, Galician saxophonist Xose Miguélez now presents his latest musical project recorded in quartet format under the title Contradicio. To carry out this project he was accompanied by experienced first class musicians such as the French pianist Jean-Michel Pilc, the Portuguese double bass player Carlos Barretto and his compatriot the drummer Marcos Cavaleiro. by Juan Carlos Abelenda


Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson


Meidinerz records



Origin Records


All The Gods

Tiny Moon Records



Origin Records


The Blind Wrestler

Tiny Moon Records


Her Triumph

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From: Contradictio
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