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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Joan Torres's All Is Fused: Revolution

Read "Revolution" reviewed by Paul Naser

Since the band's last record, Of The Musical (Self Produced, 2016), Joan Torres' All Is Fused has taken time to dig deeper into its influences and expand its sound. This year All Is Fused returns with an evolved vibe that finds it delving deep into fusion and Latin with a slight nod to the avant-garde and ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Gabriel Vicéns: Puerto Rican Jazz Guitar

Read "Gabriel Vicéns: Puerto Rican Jazz Guitar" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Puerto Rican jazz guitarist/composer Gabriel Vicéns graduated from the Music Conservatory of Puerto Rico as the first jazz guitarist, and has gone on to teach guitar at the Music Department at the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico. He recorded his first solo album Point in Time at age 23; his second album Days has been released ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Gabriel Vicéns: Days

Read "Days" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Young Puerto Rican-born guitarist Gabriel Vicens unveils his second album as leader with the audacious Days documenting a nine-piece program of infectious modern jazz with a touch of the Latin flavor to make it interesting and quite appealing. A graduate from the Conservatorio de Musica de Puerto Rico, the twenty-seven-year old musician is currently professor at ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Gabriel Vicéns: Days

Read "Days" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

A rising jazz guitarist who graduated from Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico and currently serves as a Professor at Universidad Interamericana in San Juan, Gabriel Vicens's sophomore release Days exuberantly articulates the soundtrack of his life. This follow up to his 2012 self-produced Point in Time shows personal growth and expression with its contagious hooks ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Joan Torres's All Is Fused: The Beginning

Read "The Beginning" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Joan Torres's All Is Fused lives up to its name, delivering music that's a melting pot of styles and sonic strains. Torres--a Dominican Republic-born, Puerto Rico-based bassist with a fondness for modern jazz, rock, fusion, and Latin strains--pens electric and occasionally episodic narratives that burn, bemuse, and burrow their way into the mind.

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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jonathan Suazo: Vital

Read "Vital" reviewed by James Nadal

There is strong indication of a renaissance movement in jazz curriculum coming out of the major music schools in San Juan, Puerto Rico. It has been steadily growing over the last few years and appears to be on an upswing. As evidence of this, Vital, the self-produced release by alto saxophonist Jonathan Suazo,an honored alumni himself, ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Second Album By Joan Torres's All Is Fused

Second Album By Joan Torres's All Is Fused

After a successful crowdfunding campaign through Indiegogo. The powerful ensemble from Puerto Rico, Joan Torres's All is Fused, release their second album, The Beginning Bassist and educator Joan Torres does not believe in rushing things. He called his first CD “Before” and this one, actually his second, “The Beginning”. “One of my goals is to find my own voice as a composer”, ...

Jonathan Suazo: Extracts of a Desire

Read "Extracts of a Desire" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

When it comes to currently-practicing Puerto Rican jazz icons, bassist Eddie Gomez and saxophonists Miguel Zenon and David Sánchez are the holy trinity. Each one of those men carved out their own respective path(s) through jazz country while retaining the essence of their homeland in their sound. For a young musician following in their footsteps to ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jonathan Suazo: Extracts of a Desire

Read "Extracts of a Desire" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

Albums by bassist Joan Torres ( Before, self-produced, 2012)) and guitarist Gabriel Vicens (Point in Time, self-produced, 2012) give every indication of a burgeoning jazz renaissance in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Marked by technical proficiency, these players have matter-of-factly eschewed New York and set about to build a scene in San Juan.

Among the most ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Gabriel Vicéns: Point in Time

Read "Point in Time" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Point In Time, il disco d'esordio di Gabriel Vicéns, ci permette di conoscere un chitarrista preparato e dalla pronunciata cifra espressiva. Quello del portoricano è un timbro caldo e avvolgente, che si rifà ai capiscuola dello strumento, anche se nella dozzina di tracce proposte in scaletta ad emergere è una personalità forte e delineata. In scaletta tutte composizioni originali, alcune ...