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Luis Perdomo: Montage

Read "Montage" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The highest praise you can give to a recording by a solo performer is that the music was made just for your ears. Pianist Luis Perdomo's Montage gives just that impression. It's easy to imagine these fifteen tracks were played in your living room, or automobile, for that matter.  After releasing seven discs as a leader, with sideman like drummers Jack DeJohnette, Rudy Royston, Ralph Peterson, Eric McPherson and Nasheet Waits, bassists Dwayne Burno, Drew Gress, Ugonna Okegwo, ...

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Luis Perdomo: Twenty-Two

Read "Twenty-Two" reviewed by Dave Wayne

There are so many really good jazz piano trio albums bouncing around of late, that it's truly unusual to hear something that stands out these days. The first few tracks of Luis Perdomo's seventh album as a leader, Twenty-Two, are as technically accomplished and downright pretty as anything out there, but they struck me as less than extraordinary. Just really pleasant and really incredibly well- executed. A native of Venezuela who's best known for his decade- long collaboration with Ravi ...

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Luis Perdomo: Twenty-Two

Read "Twenty-Two" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

In 1993, a twenty-two year old pianist named Luis Perdomo left Venezuela and arrived in New York City, eager to further his education and pursue his musical dreams. Now, twenty-two years later, Perdomo can certainly look back with a sense of accomplishment, having made a significant impact on the scene through his leader dates and important sideman contributions with tenor saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, alto saxophonist Miguel Zenon, and numerous others. The music on Twenty-Two was inspired by ...

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Luis Perdomo: Links

Read "Luis Perdomo: Links" reviewed by Andrew Luhn

It's traditional in almost all genres of music that the innovators are always given the most attention. This holds true in jazz as right now as artists like Robert Glasper, Rudresh Mahanthappa, and Darcy James Argue are praised for being bold innovators in the world of jazz. While innovation and boundary- pushing are necessary in the development of jazz, there is also great value in doing something traditionally, but executing it perfectly. Especially in jazz, which is so focused on ...

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Luis Perdomo: The Infancia Project

Read "The Infancia Project" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Pianist Luis Perdomo's presence is marked by attributes that include lyricism, depth and adaptability. The onetime member of saxophonist Ravi Coltrane's quartet has worked on many releases for artists like trombonist Steve Turre and saxophonist Miguel Zenón. His visibility is coming more into focus with The Infancia Project, which the New York-based pianist avoided making for many years over concerns of being typecast as “just another" Latin jazz musician. While the project's flavor is influenced by the ...

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Luis Perdomo: Walking Towards the Light

Read "Luis Perdomo: Walking Towards the Light" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Pianist Luis Perdomo's fingers dart across the keys, eloquently telling the stories that traverse his mind in that instant; doing so in a manner that enraptures an audience. He moves people, and does so in a manner that appears, on the surface, easy. Like great athletes. Like other great musicians. This is one of the finer pianists out there, playing music from his heart and with plentiful chops and great vision.Perdomo's name--he hails from Venezuela--at times has placed ...

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Luis Perdomo: Universal Mind

Read "Universal Mind" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

While pianist Luis Perdomo has earned plenty of praise for his work in Latin jazz settings with different artists such as percussionist Ray Barretto and saxophonist Miguel Zenón, classifying him as a “Latin jazz pianist" would be a mistake. Perdomo may earn his daily bread playing piano with many Latin luminaries and legends-to-be, but his work with saxophonist Ravi Coltrane and his own albums place him at the vanguard of modern jazz, in all of its expansive and inclusive glory. ...

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Luis Perdomo: Venezuelan Connection

Read "Luis Perdomo: Venezuelan Connection" reviewed by Jason Crane

How do you get from Caracas, Venezuela to Carnegie Hall? Well, first you come to the States on vacation, win a full scholarship to a conservatory, study with legends like Roland Hanna, then... well, you get the idea.That's the journey undertaken by pianist and composer Luis Perdomo. It's a trip that has taken him from Latin powerhouses like Timbalaye and Ray Barretto's band to more mainstream jazz groups led by folks like Ravi Coltrane and Brian Lynch. Perdomo ...

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Luis Perdomo: Venezuelan Connection

Read "Luis Perdomo: Venezuelan Connection" reviewed by Jason Crane

Jason Crane interviews pianist Luis Perdomo. Since coming to New York from his native Venezuela, Perdomo has blossomed as a player. As a student at the Manhattan School of Music and at Queens College, he studied with pianists Harold Danko and Sir Roland Hanna. As a professional musician, he's played with Ray Baretto, Ravi Coltrane, Miguel Zenon, Dafnis Prieto, and Timbalaye, to name a few. Perdomo's adventurous new record is Awareness (RKM Music, 2006). It features his working trio of ...

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Luis Perdomo: Awareness

Read "Awareness" reviewed by Budd Kopman

From the very first notes, pianist Luis Perdomo's Awareness demands attention because of its enormous energy: this record simply will not fade into the aural background. As shown by his debut release, Focus Point, Perdomo is a very thoughtful and intense musician who refuses to be pigeonholed in any single genre among the styles that comprise the sum of his influences. He calls himself a jazz musician first and a Latin musician second, and this release makes ...

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Luis Perdomo: Awareness

Read "Awareness" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Awareness is a resolute work of progressive jazz by one of today's emerging pianists, Luis Perdomo. The Venezuela native has memorably contributed to recordings of bright jazz names like Ravi Coltrane (In Flux, Savoy, 2005), Miguel Zenon (Jibaro, Marsalis Music, 2005) and Dafnis Prieto (About The Monks, ZOHO, 2005). Where his 2005 debut Focus Point (also on RKM) was more of an introduction, this recording is a dynamic view of original pieces that are more distinct and ...

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Luis Perdomo: Awareness

Read "Awareness" reviewed by John Kelman

Venezuelan-born pianist Luis Perdomo is one of a new breed of Latin artists (also including saxophonist Miguel Zenón and pianist Edward Simon) who, while remaining true to their cultural roots, are equally informed by broader interests--including modernistic jazz concepts and European classical music. His debut, Focus Point (RKM, 2004), confirmed his forward-thinking ability to find the nexus of diverse styles already evident in his work with Zenón and saxophonist Ravi Coltrane.

Awareness is a more stripped-down and conceptually focused affair ...


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