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Diego Barber was born in Lanzarote. There was already some musical precedent in his family; his great uncle was a pianist by profession and his father, in his youth, played the bass in a band called "Peppermint." Very early on in his home, his mother promoted listening to classical music. When he turned ten years old he was given as a gift his first electric guitar and he decided firmly to study that instrument. At that time, his musical preferences started to include jazz, as well as some contemporary guitarists. It can be said that since that period the debate had already begun within himself between these two musical styles

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Alejandro Coello: Percussion Theory

Read "Percussion Theory" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The music of Spanish percussion master Alejandro Coello doesn't slot easily into any categorical opening, and it's likely he prefers it that way. A sharp-minded individualist, he creates compelling works that nod toward contemporary percussion ensemble aesthetics, modern classicism and chamber jazz all at once. Utilizing his own instrumental gifts along with those of ...

One Minute Later

Label: Sunnyside Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: Jacaranda; Atlas; Dilar River; Mulhacen; Trevenque; Big House; Veleta's Peak; Elvira Maria.

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Dan Bilawsky's Best Releases Of 2017

Read "Dan Bilawsky's Best Releases Of 2017" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Few things are a given, yet we can always count on a flood of new music making its way into the world over the course of a year. In 2017 some of the best jazz found its path by looking forward, doubling back, and/or branching out. In short, this music and the dedicated artists who make ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Diego Barber: One Minute Later

Read "One Minute Later" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Diego Barber's One Minute Later is something of a dance between certainty and dubiety, grounded in the guitarist-composer's convictions that the truth behind an improviser's feelings and musical fate relate directly to that which Federico García Lorca described in Poeta en Nueva York as a minute of contrition that comes with--or follows-- complete liberation. It's a ...

411

Label: Ultrax Records
Released: 2013

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Diego Barber/Hugo Cipres: 411

Read "411" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The opening of the decidedly modern music on 411, the track entitled “Timanfaya," sounds like a spooky, welcome to a plugged-in netherworld. It begins with electric surges and wafflings, then glowing beeps punctuating electric washes before a shift into tune two, “all in," that sounds as if the late multiple reedman Eric Dolphy is hanging around ...

The Choice

Label: Sunnyside Records
Released: 2011
Track listing: To Annie; Contraste; Jose's House; Chicago; Ailanto; Pittaluga; Sonata Banc D'Arguin: 1--Nouadhibou, 2--Mauritania, 3--Nouakchott.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Diego Barber: The Choice

Read "The Choice" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

The precociously talented Diego Barber is known for the grandeur and majesty of his playing. The fabulous report of the guitarist's tone, his impressive dynamics and exquisiteness of expression are deeply rooted in extraordinary technique. Moreover, Barber is able to make extremely complex harmonic leaps, as well as twist the simplest of melodies into lines uniquely ...

Mark Turner: International Alliances

Read "Mark Turner: International Alliances" reviewed by Tom Greenland

Diego Barber Calima Sunnyside Records 2008 Mamasaal Quartet Mamasaal feat. Mark Turner SAZAS 2008 Saxophonist Mark Turner, a notable bandleader and distinctive voice in his own right, ...


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