by James Nichols
Ricardo Gallo Cuarteto Udimbres y Maranas La Distritofonica 2008
The Ricardo Gallo Cuarteto's sound is complex--and not just because the Cuarteto is born out of a marriage between avant-garde jazz and Colombian rhythms. What adds further depth to their music is the emotional density that shows itself almost immediately on Urdimbres y Maranas...
The opening Tablitas" starts with a bass growl that climbs through the registers and exhausts itself at the top ...read more
by Budd Kopman
Urdimbres Y Maranas (literally, fabric and tangles) is the second release by the Colombian pianist Ricardo Gallo and his quartet, the first being Los Cerros Testigos (Chonta, 2006). The aim of their music is the same: to blend traditional Colombian music, especially its rhythms, with the freedom of the American jazz aesthetic. The former album was full of energy and high spirits with the tracks gloriously exposing the clash of the two differing musical mindsets.read more
by Budd Kopman
Living in New York City, one can sometimes take the presence of so much local musicianship and creativity for granted. Ricardo Gallo's Los Cerros Testigos is, therefore, a strong reminder that great music is happening all over the world. Here we have another example of what a fusion of different music with jazz really means: the creation of something new that no longer belongs to its original world (Colombia) and yet still maintains some of its recognizable characteristics (rhythms and ...read more