CD Review: Oscar Perez Nuevo Comienzo - Afropean Affair

With a cuban father and colombian mother, one can imagine Oscar Perez grew up listening to some of the best music from latin america. And of course his music echoes all that rich tradition of latin-american music.

Perez is a pianist of impeccable technique and fluency who studied with the great panamanian pianist Danilo Perez. But most of all, Perez is an extraordinaire composer. Compositions like "The Illusive Number", and "Canaria" blends brilliantly the rhythmic complexity of latin american music with the elegant harmonies of jazz. The album goes into a more reflective mode in the track "Path and Streams" with beautiful vocals by Charenee Wade. A classical touch is added to the musical mix in the exquisite three piece composition "The Afropean Suite".

All the musicians has excellent moments on the album, especially Greg Glassman on trumpet and Stacy Dillard on saxophone.

The Illusive Number, Canaria, As Brothers Would, Paths and Streams, The Afropean Suite

Oscar Perez - piano, Greg Glassman - trumpet, flugelhorn, Stacy Dillard - tenor sax, soprano sax, Anthony Perez - bass, Jerome Jennings - drums, Emiliano Valerio - percussion, Charenee Wade - vocals

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