Friday, June 26, 2009
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Darwin Noguera – piano; Victor Garcia – trumpet, flugelhorn; Greg Ward – alto saxophone; Joshua Ramos – double bass; Juan Daniel Pastor – drums, cajón, bongo cajón; Special Guests : Ernie Adams - drums; Howard Levy - harmonica; Rocky Yera - tenor saxophone. Recorded 4/26 and 5/3/2009.
”Noguera delights in combining traditional Latin forms and hard-hitting jazz, to the benefit of both idioms… From the very beginning of this irresistible recording – the spiky piano intro to ‘Señor del Pozo’, a Peruvian festejo – Noguera’s dizzying command of both Latin and jazz idioms comes into focus. (So does his partnership with trumpeter Victor Garcia… Garcia has a unique affinity for Noguera’s writing, and even after repeated hearings, it remains one of this music’s indelible strengths.)… Noguera’s work with the Chicago Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble explains one more gift he brings to this musical banquet – his ability to condense his voluptuous and detailed big-band writing down to just these few horns, while still suggesting the depth and variety of the larger format.” - Neil Tesser (from the liner notes)