Yuxtaposición is a recently unearthed treasure recorded by a tight Italian trio in Miami during the early seventies. Until now, this music has only been heard in office backgrounds, TV commercials and movie soundtracks. But the perseverance of an admirer brought about its first-ever release on the Italian Schema label.
Imagine hearing a 1972-era Cal Tjader quartet without Cal Tjader and you get an idea of what to expect. It's slightly Latin, lightly funky and truly enjoyable. Yuxtaposición offers enough to interest a jazz listener. But the sounds heard in these 35 minutes are really better appreciated as mood music. Lead man Cabildo, composer of all ten tunes here, has a knack for writing jazzy little hooks that launch his tasty, well-crafted keyboard solos. Often alternating Fender Rhodes and piano within the same song, his playing maintains a hypnotic command that recalls Bob James' CTI style. Electric bassist Bobby Fares and percussionist Max Ronnie make subtle, supportive contributions that serve only to enhance Cabildo's sound. There's a funny thing about Yuxtaposición too. It's kind of like developing an addiction. You may not pay much attention to it first. But before you know it, you're hooked. You need to hear it to be satisfied. A very nice surprise.
Musicians: Cabildo: keyboards; Bobby Fares: bass; Max Ronnie: percussion.
Tracks: Yuxtaposición; Don't Put Me In The Shade; Collection Samba; Two Types Of Complexion; Hierro Forjado; Jesus Maria District; African Penta Song; El Sonido Azul; Castenada Drive; Akorin.
First time I met Lee Konitz, my mentor who completely changed my life, in 1992. He was giving a masterclass at the Cologne Conservatory (Germany) where I was a freshmen (with playing experience around three years total)
First time I met Lee Konitz, my mentor who completely changed my life, in 1992. He was giving a masterclass at the Cologne Conservatory (Germany) where I was a freshmen (with playing experience around three years total). He saw an alto sax on my neck and said: Hey, how about you there, would you like to play something for us? I played a piece with the piano. OK, said Lee, how about you play something unaccompanied? Oh yeah! I was deep into transcribing Sonny Stitt and pretty much into playing as fast as possible as many right notes as possible. So I played Oleo in about 300 beats per minute and was very proud of myself. Lee was tapping his foot all the way through. Hmm, he said, that was in time and all that... (I thought - yeah, of course, haha!) and then he said, You've got a lot of quantity, how about quality? It took me 15 years to realize what he meant.