Havana-native pianist/composer Harold López-Nussa is not an unknown entity. He has released five recordings previous to the present New Day and all before 30 years of age. His is a an assertive Latin Jazz infused with the essence of Western Europe. His training includes the Manuel Saumell and Amadeo Roldán Conservatories, graduating with a specialty in Classic Piano from the Higher Institute of Arts. His attention eventually turned toward jazz, an area he has continued to expand and expound upon since.
New Day is mostly in a trio format, propelled by López-Nussa insistent and sure left hand. His playing method is equal parts percussion and melody. This approach is illustrated amply on the opening "A Degüello" and "Cimarrón," where the pianist spins durable filigree with golden wire. López-Nussa rolls out a soul jazz romp a la Les McCann on the title track that is infectious and uplifting. The trio adds trumpeter Mayquel González on "Eso Fue hace 20." González plays with a wide-open Latin bell, the type heard in every Ennio Morricone soundtrack for every Sergio Leone western. At a time when there is no shortage of Latin jazz makers, New Day provides an example of what is fresh and vital in the genre.
Track Listing: A Degüello; Cimarrón; Paseo; Fantasmas en Caravana; Otro Viaje; New
Day; Corriendo por los portales; Eso fue hace 20; Buenos Modales;
Enero; Otro Güajiro en Paris; La paz que me domina.
Personnel: Harold López-Nussa: piano, keyboard and chorus; Ruy Adrián López-Nussa:
drums, cajón flamenco and chorus; Gastón Joya: double bass and chorus;
Mayquel González: Trumpet and chorus; Kelvis Ochoa: voice.
Year Released: 2013
| Record Label: Harmonia Mundi Jazz Village Music
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 (at age 10) when I was in a shopping arcade in Southport, England with my parents. I fell in love with the music playing over the PA system; Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 (at age 10) when I was in a shopping arcade in Southport, England with my parents. I fell in love with the music playing over the PA system; Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet. After going through Rock 'n Roll, the Beatles and Heavy Metal/Hard Rock phases over the next eight or so years, I finally bought my first jazz album; We're All Together Again for the First Time by Dave Brubeck, Paul Desmond and Gerry Mulligan. I was hooked on jazz, and still am 40+ years later.
I moved from England to the USA in 2002, and founded the Brookfield Jazz Society in 2005.
I became editor of the quarterly IAJRC Journalin 2012. The magazine goes to the worldwide membership of the IAJRC (International Association of Jazz Record Collectors) and many major libraries and educational establishments around the world.
As well as being the editor of the IAJRC Journal, I write about jazz and review CDs, vinyl, DVDs and books on jazz.
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