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The Black Butterflies: Luisa

Read "Luisa" reviewed by Doug Collette

It's a rare musician confident enough in his or her abilities to subsume their own name under a group moniker, but even as saxophonist/composer Mercedes Figueras maintains her independence via a personal presence on the web under her own moniker, she has taken that humble step with the Black Butterflies. Coalescing in 2010, the quintet's previous ...

The Black Butterflies: Luisa

Read "Luisa" reviewed by Matt Marshall

On their two previous releases, 1 de Mayo (2010) and Rainbows for Ramon (2012), The Black Butterflies built soulful, searching jazz with dense, kinetic layers of Latin and African rhythms. Using both group improvisation and individual statements, they freely, yet unhurriedly, explored the boundaries of their music, often lingering in spots to let the tonal palette ...

The Black Butterflies: Rainbows For Ramon

Read "Rainbows For Ramon" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

When passion turns into art the effect can be stunning. Saxophonist Mercedes Figueras proves this in her masterful blend of jazz including Latin music, African rhythms and a high-energy dollop of free jazz. What makes it all the more tantalizing is the way in which she and her band scope and enlarge the composition. Figureas plays ...

The Black Butterflies: Rainbows for Ramon

Read "The Black Butterflies: Rainbows for Ramon" reviewed by Matt Marshall

The Black Butterflies

Rainbows for Ramon

Self Produced

2012

Judging by its title alone, some might expect Rainbows for Ramon, the sophomore release by The Black Butterflies, to be a flighty affair that trills off into flowery musical fields fit for skipping unicorns. It is not this (thankfully), even though joyful melodic ...

The Black Butterflies: Rainbows For Ramon

Read "Rainbows For Ramon" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The Black Butterflies is a Latin free-for-all led by reed multi- instrumentalist Mercedes Figueras, an Argentinean transplanted to New York City. Figueras and band follows up a well- received debut, 1 De Mayo (Self Produced, 2010), with Rainbows for Ramon. Reviewed in capable detail by Dan Bilawsky and Karl Ackermann, Rainbows for Ramon--and, in particular, Figueras' ...

The Black Butterflies: Rainbows For Ramon

Read "Rainbows For Ramon" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The Black Butterflies' debut, 1 De Mayo (Self Produced, 2010), introduced an ensemble that found beauty in brashness and an all-inclusive recipe for musical creation. The group found its way by liberally mixing free jazz, Latin music, blues, John Coltrane-like spiritualism, primal urges and strong rhythmic elements, giving their music a sense of raw immediacy that's ...

The Black Butterflies: Rainbows for Ramon

Read "Rainbows for Ramon" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

When she was scarcely into her twenties, self-taught saxophonist Mercedes Figueras recorded Elefante (Self Produced, 2007) a duo recording with drummer Martin Visconte. From this initial effort, it was clear that Figueras is as fearless as she is creative. She neither tames her instrument nor lets it run wild and in the process has invented a ...

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The Black Butterflies: 1 De Mayo

Read "1 De Mayo" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

C'è qualcosa di profondamente sensuale in 1 De Mayo. Sensuale e dolente, come nella miglior tradizione tanguera anche se del tango c'è solo qualche eco lontano, assai lontano. Sarà il modo con cui vengono sviluppate le melodie, in cui il sax sinuoso di Mercedes Figueras ti avvolge in una spirale senza scampo, con le note che ti invitano gentili ad ...

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The Black Butterflies: Primero de Mayo

Read "Primero de Mayo" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

A delightful whimsy surrounds the room where 1 de Mayo descends like a diaphanous sheet of sound amid its celestial wail. So extraordinary is the musical ensemble fronted by the hypnotic sound of saxophonist Mercedes Figueras; doubly intriguing, when entwined with the ululations and caterwauling ablutions of Tony Larokko's horns. Figueras is one of the most ...

The Black Butterflies: 1 de Mayo

Read "The Black Butterflies:  1 de Mayo" reviewed by Matt Marshall

The Black Butterflies

1 de Mayo

The Black Butterflies

2010

While this is just the debut release from The Black Butterflies, a group led by 27-year-old saxophonist Mercedes Figueras, veterans would do well to prick up their ears and take note. The Butterflies deftly blend the Latin rhythms of Figueras' ...