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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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Robin Eubanks + EB3: Live Vol. 1

Read "Live Vol. 1" reviewed by Jim Santella

Trombonist Robin Eubanks believes in staying up with the times. Not that electric trombone, trumpet or saxophone are anything new but relatively few jazz artists use them in concert since the looping and the pedal work can be quite complex. The opportunity to see it done live or on DVD is always something special. Eubanks' contemporary trio performance with EB3 features several electronic instruments, such as keyboard, bass, percussion pads and his unique electronic trombone, providing a thrilling concert based ...

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Robin Eubanks & EB3: Live Vol. 1

Read "Live Vol. 1" reviewed by John Kelman

While ongoing developments in the area of technology have made it possible for artists to create a big band sound on a small band budget, you'd be hard pressed to find a group integrating it as seamlessly and interactively as trombonist Robin Eubanks' EB3 on Live Vol. 1. Thankfully Eubanks, rather than leaving listeners scratching their heads wondering who is doing what, has included a DVD that lets you watch five of the CD's nine performances. After seeing the footage, ...

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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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David Gilmore: Unified Presence

Read "David Gilmore: Unified Presence" reviewed by Phil DiPietro

David Gilmore Unified Presence RKM Records 2006

Let's break it down. You won't find this statement in David Gilmore's bio or on his website, but here it is: Gilmore is one of the baddest guitarists on the planet. Here's why--rhythmic acuity. If I were to write a book on jazz, one of its chapters would be titled “Instrumentalists Who Play Linear Rhythms", or maybe “Harmony As A Drum." I'm talking about players like Vijay ...

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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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