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Diego Urcola: Appreciation

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Diego Urcola is a trumpet player of uncommon technical finesse. Much of the music on Appreciation is rhythmically intricate and harmonically imposing. Urcola functions within it so flawlessly he seems unaware of its difficulty.

He is from Buenos Aires. While two thirds of his rhythm section (pianist Luis Perdomo/bassist Hans Glawischnig/drummer Eric McPherson) is from north of the border, Urcola’s art is ethnic. The first impression of pieces like “The Natural” and “El Brujo” is overwhelmed by the intensity of Afro-Cuban and Brazilian partido alto rhythms. For jazz listeners who depend on the infinite possibilities of open-ended improvisation for their stimulation, such music can feel too pat and enclosed, however skilled and energetic.

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