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Diego Urcola

Diego Urcola

Jazz in Argentina, according to Diego Urcola, “is in its best historical moment, both qualitatively and creatively, chiefly because of the knowledge and experiences brought over by musicians returning from Europe and the U.S.A.” As a part-time returnee to Buenos Aires, where he recorded his latest album, Urcola trademarks his class as a performer and writer on Soundances (Sunnyside). On the CD’s keenly recorded Argentinean-tinged jazz, the long time Paquito D’Rivera trumpet and flugelhorn player says, “The fusion of jazz elements with Argentine popular music, such as tango and folklore, is what Argentinean music needs to develop, as Cuban and Brazilian music did in their respective moments. Although only a beginning, this recording contributes something in that regard.

“I consider the musicians that recorded as a good example of the excellent level of musicianship in Argentina,” Urcola continues. “Pianist Guillermo Romero’s trio is among the most representative of musicians closer to jazz. Electric bassist Willy González’s group is of importance along folkloric lines, and Juan “Pollo” Raffo is a foremost composer and arranger in Argentina.” Raffo also produced the recording and played piano or keyboards on three of his own compositions.

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