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Catching Up With Trumpeter Jorge Vistel

A chat with the Cuban leader and sideman

Jorge Vistel

The Cuban trumpet player Jorge Vistel has distinguished himself as one of the most personal voices on the European jazz scene. His music is linked to tradition but his inquisitiveness has led to a very contemporary style. His latest album, Cimarrón (Inner Circle, 2014), was recorded in a trio format with bassist Reiner Elizarde and drummer Michael Olivera.

Currently living in Madrid, Vistel has had a prolific career as a leader but has also established himself as an in-demand sideman for great musicians during their European tours, including Roy Hargrove, David Murray, Benny Golson, Henry Cole and Marcus Printup, among others.

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