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Gumbi Ortiz

Have congas, will travel - that pretty much defines funky and frenetic world of Gumbi Ortiz "Pronounced Goombi", who brings his rich Puerto Rican/Cuban heritage and a lifetime of eclectic musical influences and experiences - from jazz/fusion, pop and funk to retro-soul, samba and even a hint of Irish jig—to his highly anticipated solo debut Miami. Renowned throughout the world for his nonstop tours over the past 19 years with fusion guitar legend Al Di Meola, the charismatic conguero gathered a powerful ensemble of jazz greats (most longtime friends, naturally) in fashioning a multi-cultural tribute to the New York native’s adopted home state of Florida, where he has lived since 1980. At the helm of this All Star CD is Executive Producer Kermit Weeks, producer Dan O’Brien, and Roger Nichols, (7 time Grammy Award winning engineer, best known for his 30 years with Steely Dan) senior engineer


New Shapes

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2021
Track listing: 1. Russian Mountains; 2. New Shapes; 3. Playground; 4. Flying Dragon; 5. Corona Funk; 6. Bodhrán's Magic; 7. Salvador; 8. Simona’s Summer Samba;


News: Recording

'New Shapes' Joint Album By Guitar Virtuosos Roman Miroshnichenko & Henrik Andersen Featuring Percussionist Trilok Gurtu

'New Shapes' Joint Album By Guitar Virtuosos Roman Miroshnichenko & Henrik Andersen Featuring Percussionist Trilok Gurtu

Prominent guitar virtuosos Roman Miroshnichenko and Henrik Andersen to release new joint album «New Shapes» they recorded latest February-July in duo and joined by special guests: World’s most Influential percussionists Trilok Gurtu (John McLaughlin), Bickram Ghosh (George Harrison), Frank Colon (Manhattan Transfer), Gumbi Ortiz (Al Di Meola) and Grammy-winning violinist Charlie Bisharat (Shadowfax). New Shapes is ...


The Sixth Sense

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020


News: Recording

Multi-Award Winning Guitarist Roman Miroshnichenko Celebrates 25 Years Of Music!

Multi-Award Winning Guitarist Roman Miroshnichenko Celebrates 25 Years Of Music!

Prominent Russia's guitarist Roman Miroshnichenko celebrates his creative life jubilee by releasing new album Ascension. The new album was released on 2nd October, 2017 and entitled Roman, was recorded with his long time band, which includes Val Chernook on drums and Oleg Kanakov on bass. He is also joined by special guests: Grammy- winning violinist Charlie ...


Article: SoCal Jazz

Al Di Meola at Balboa Theater

Read "Al Di Meola at Balboa Theater" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Al Di Meola Balboa Theater San Diego, CA September 22, 2017 Most of us have been on many journeys in life. It might be globetrotting or a trip to the grocery store or all and everything in between. A journey can be filled with a myriad of the expected and unexpected. ...


Article: Live Review

Gent Jazz Festival 2011: Days 1-4

Read "Gent Jazz Festival 2011: Days 1-4" reviewed by Martin Longley

Days 1-4 | Days 5-8 Gent Jazz Festival Bijloke Gent, Belgium July 7-10, 2011 There has been a radical change to the Gent Jazz Festival site since last year. The historic Bijloke zone remains historic, but it now has a new concrete 'n' ...


Article: Live Review

Riviera Maya Jazz Festival: Day Two, November 26, 2010

Read "Riviera Maya Jazz Festival: Day Two, November 26, 2010" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 Riviera Maya Jazz Festival Playa del Carmen, MexicoNovember 25-28, 2010 Painting in bold colors from different corners of the Latin American musical spectrum, guitarist Al Di Meola drew from his acclaimed, historic collaborations with Spanish guitarist Paco de ...



Label: KWIP Music
Released: 2006
Track listing: South Beach; T-Back; Miami; Biscayne; Samba do Suerte; No Expectations; Rush Hour Jam; Amnesia; Pastel Days & Neon Nights; Calle 8cho; In the Grove; Mojo Sunrise; Together Again; Cruisin


Article: Interview

Gumbi Ortiz: Stepping Out With Miami

Read "Gumbi Ortiz: Stepping Out With Miami" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

Gumbi Ortiz's passion for jamming helped launch the percussionist's professional career. Blending his Afro-Cuban heritage with various styles of music, he's followed the lead of Carlos Santana in mixing Latin sounds with pop. Although he started playing the sax when he was a child, to honor his sax-playing father, he preferred percussion instruments. After ...


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