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Gabriel Alegria Afro Peruvian Sextet: Ciudad De Los Reyes

Read "Ciudad De Los Reyes" reviewed by Skip Heller

Trumpeter Gabriel Alegria has all but issued a mission statement to establish and cultivate a Peruvian/jazz style. Unlike most styles of Latin music, like montuno-based Afro-Cuban and bossa nova, Peruvian music does not stem from the clave rhythm, but instead from 12/8 (or 6/8, depending on who is your resident self-proclaimed expert). In short, it's a three-against-four deal. The opening section of Chick Corea's “Litha" provides an easy American reference.Alegria's group has the typical trumpet/saxophone frontline, along with ...

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Gabriel Alegria: Nuevo Mundo

Read "Nuevo Mundo" reviewed by Elliott Simon

The latest buzz in New York City world music is jazz of the Afro-Peruvian variety. The newly opened Tutuma Social Club on 56th Street is slaking jazz's insatiable thirst for new symbiotic styles courtesy of musical director and trumpeter Gabriel Alegria. Nuevo Mundo has his sextet and an assortment of invited guests meeting the music head on, embracing its rhythmic complexity and focus on the cajon, a wooden box-like drum. Cajonistas, and Alegria has one of the best in the ...