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Marquès / Fortià/ Pannier: Bulería Brooklyniana

Read "Bulería Brooklyniana" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

In Bulería Brooklyniana, the mystery and magic of flamenco music stews in the melting pot that is New York. It's a project that speaks directly to the form's rhythmic graces, European bearing, and mystical charms while also highlighting the flexibility and vision of a dynamic Franco-Catalan trio with a foothold in the Borough of Kings. Heading into Barcelona's Laietana Studios after a ten-day tour of Spain in the summer of 2017, pianist Albert Marquès, bassist Manel Fortià, and ...

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Albert Marques Trio: Live In The South Bronx

Read "Live In The South Bronx" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

There's something uncommonly special about the way that the young Spanish pianist Albert Marques manages to wed elegant expressions with rumbling designs in his work, limning the very nature of his being and his adopted Bronx turf through fingers and keys. He's “tough but sweet" according to Arturo O'Farrill, who penned the liner notes for this project, and the music found herein tends to reflect those attributes, corroborating that assessment in the process. There's both a rugged quality and a ...