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Santi Debriano

Santi Debriano

One night after a gig, violinist Miri Ben-Ari turned to bandleader Santi Debriano and remarked, “You know, I already know 49 of your tunes.” It struck Debriano then how his composerly instincts over the years had generated an impressive body of work, which continues to grow with the original material on his latest, Artistic License (Savant).

“The bassists that I’ve always admired were all composers: Charles Mingus, Charlie Haden, Dave Holland, Miroslav Vitous, Stanley Clarke. I’ve always thought that was an important part of being a jazz musician,” says the Panamanian-born bassist/composer. “A few years ago I started to think about how could I bring some of these rhythms that I had grown up with in my parents house into some of the compositions that I was working on.”

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