Content by tag "Joo Kraus"

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Omar Sosa: Building Bridges Not Walls

Read "Omar Sosa: Building Bridges Not Walls" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Cuban-born pianist, Omar Sosa is a passionate man. Music, religion, family, his relationship to the planet—all these are inseparable to an artist whose musical world is steeped in the Afro-Cuban heritage that he draws upon so personally and individually in his work. Spinning culinary metaphors to describe the processes of music-making, he sings the praises of ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Omar Sosa Residency at SFJAZZ

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Omar Sosa Residency
SFJAZZ
Spring Season
San Francisco, CA
April 21-23, 2017

“You don't really listen to an Omar Sosa concert so much as experience it. The Cuban-born pianist's overall demeanor exudes a sense of calm and deep reflection, while a spiritual connection to music and his ancestors comes ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Joo Kraus/Omar Sosa/Gustavo Ovalles: JOG

Read "JOG" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

You have to hand it to pianist Omar Sosa. With the exception of some return trips to the solo piano format, he never really repeats himself. Over the past two decades, Sosa has worked alone, gone the duo route with Italian trumpeter Paolo Fresu, shared billing/leadership duties with flutist Mark Weinstein, worked with Germany's NDR Bigband, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Marialy Pacheco: Introducing

Read "Introducing" reviewed by Ian Patterson

The album title is something of a misnomer as Introducing is Marialy Pacheco's seventh release as leader since Benediciones (Weltwunder Records, 2005). The jny:Melbourne-based Cuban's stock has certainly risen since that introduction, notably as a result of becoming the first female winner of the Montreux Jazz Festival Solo Piano Competition in 2012. A noted classical pianist ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Omar Sosa: Eggun

Read "Eggun" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

A tribute to trumpet legend Miles Davis' Kind Of Blue (Columbia, 1959), without a single song from the record? The answer: an emphatic “Yes!" In 2009, piano wizard Omar Sosa received a commission from the Barcelona Jazz Festival to “compose and produce a tribute performance to Miles Davis' classic recording, Kind Of Blue, on the occasion ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Omar Sosa Afri-lectric Quintet: New York, May 5, 2011

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Omar Sosa Afri-lectric Quintet
Blue Note
New York, NY
May 5, 2011

Cuban-born/Barcelona-based Omar Sosa doesn't simply perform for an audience when he brings his music to a club. He conjures musical spirits and creates a magical realm, unlike any other. The pianist fuses the most ancient and modern ideals imaginable into a ...

Omar Sosa: A Week At The Blue Note And Across America

Omar Sosa: A Week At The Blue Note And Across America

The impressionistic, universal sound of Omar Sosa comes to America for three weeks with his Afreecanos Quartet, beginning on April 27, 2011 at Dakota Jazz Club, Minneapolis and ending on May 18 at Yoshi's in San Francisco, the place where it all started for the Cuban-born world jazz creator in the late '90s. During the tour, ...