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Negroni's Trio: On The Way

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Pianist José Negroni and his son, drummer Nomar Negroni, showcase their cross-genre versatility on On The Way--its unifying theme, a mélange of European melodic motifs and Latin romanticism, giving cohesion to this, their seventh release. “Matices" opens with José Negroni's harp-like flowing lines, dramatically echoing in the silent pauses. It evolves into a tender ballad with western classical influences almost like a belle époque French mélodie. Negroni's passionate piano and master saxophonist Ed Calle's intense soprano weave, ...

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Negroni's Trio: On The Way

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Live recordings, when properly produced, have a way of capturing the vitality and sense of urgency in the performance. The musicians are keenly aware that there will be one take only, so concentration and focus are at an optimum level. Negroni's Trio's On The Way was recorded live at Miami-Dade College, demonstrating the veracity upon which this group thrives when the pressure is on.Pianist José Negroni and his son, drummer Nomar, are as much in sync musically as ...

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Negroni's Trio: On The Way

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With its seventh album titled On The Way, Grammy-nominated Negroni's Trio celebrates its ten year anniversary with a live recording of eight originals and two well-known standards, with a little help from saxophonist great Ed Calle and violinist Federico Britos. The father and son team of pianist Jose and drummer Nomar Negroni, has been performing together for a decade and, throughout that time, has included such bassist as John Benitez, Marco Panascia and Jonathan Estes, with Josh Allen joining this ...

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Negroni's Trio: Just Three

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One way to keep a piano-led trio from sounding like so many others is to write original music for the group. Another is to take a page out of Jose Negroni's playbook, splitting time between acoustic and electric pianos. The Puerto Rican composer/pianist taught for 16 years at the Island's Music Conservatory. After moving to the United States, he became director of Sony Music Publishing, a position he held for 10 years. He has been nominated for a ...

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Negroni's Trio: Just Three

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On its fifth release, the Miami-based Latin jazz trio led by Puerto Rican-born pianist Jose Negroni continues to explore its various influences, which go from straight-ahead to Caribbean beats, with classically-inspired moments. The disc opens with the rumba-inflected “Fingers," a fast-paced tune that features Negroni on electric piano. The chemistry between the bandleader and his gifted son, drummer Nomar Negroni, is evident here, as the younger Negroni responds to each of his father's grooves with carefully placed accents that enhance ...

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Negroni's Trio: Piano/Drums/Bass

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Forging ahead with his exciting contemporary jazz celebration, pianist José Negroni sparkles with unrestrained passion. His forceful keyboard work brings each interpretation into view head-on, with no holds barred. The trio's “take no prisoners" physicality gives its audience a highly rhythmic affair with unbridled powers of persuasion. Negroni, with his son Nomar at the drums and Jaime Rivera on electric bass, delivers a dramatic lesson in piano power. His physical attacks on the keyboard result in a highly percussive and ...

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Negroni's Trio: Piano/Drums/Bass

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Pianist Jose Negroni contributes most of the ten compositions on this new album save for Wayne Shorter's “Footprint" [sic] and Gershwin's “Summertime." The vibe of the pianist and the trio is that of the emerging style of Michel Camilo when he started recording in the mid-'80s. Both men exhibit the same intensive and percussive Latin-based piano jazz style, and bassist Jaime Rivera covers the same ground on his fleet electric bass solos as Anthony Jackson or Lincoln Goines two decades ...


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