Hilario Duran And His Latin Jazz Big Band - From The Heart
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An exact copy of the CD. Artwork included.
Admirers of Cuban jazz will be familiar with pianist Hilario Duran courtesy of his work with trumpeter Arturo Sandoval; he, Chucho Valdes and Gonzalo Rubalcaba are the island's most celebrated piano virtuosi.
He is now resident in Toronto, Canada, and fronts a 20-piece band that combines solid, punchy brass and reed ensemble work with tumultuous percussion to great effect on this infectiously enjoyable album.
Whether they're addressing the opening Valdes-composed mambo (explored with characteristic passion and grace by guest soloist Paquito D'Rivera on alto), sweeping through the pleasingly grandiloquent 'Habanera in Spain', crooning the cha cha cha or providing the chatteringly percussive backing for 'Rumba for Chano' (a tribute to the percussionist Chano Pozo), the Latin Jazz Big Band is at once exuberant and controlled, its dense occasionally shouting arrangements infused with an elegance deeply rooted in the extraordinary rhythmic variety that characterises Cuban music.
It is Duran himself, however, who shines throughout this album, both in his varied, multi-textured compositions and his fiery, playfully rumbustious yet poised piano playing; his forthcoming trio gigs (he's coming to London in March) should be rather special.
-- The Vortex Jazz Club
01- Mambo Influenciado
02- From The Heart
03- Habanera In Spain
04- Angel Eyes
05- Paq Man
06- T'Dot Cha Cha Cha
07- Moon Face Again
08- Rumba For Chano
09- Blem Blem Blem
Artwork (300dpi scan), EAC log and CUE sheet included.