Luis Perdomo

Spirits and Warriors

Price: € 19.95
Format: CD
Label: Criss Cross
UPC: 8712474138722
Catnr: CRISS 1387
Release date: 17 June 2016
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Criss Cross
UPC
8712474138722
Catalogue number
CRISS 1387
Release date
17 June 2016

""Okegwo displayed all the reasons he'd been picked for this date and finally, an absolutely beautiful rendition of 'Portrait of Jenny' featuring Sipiagin at his most eloquent.""

Jazz wise, 01-8-2016
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About the album

For his fourth Criss Cross recording, pianist Luis Perdomo offers a swinging affair, on which a crackling quintet of New York first-callers interprets 7 originals by the leader (the centerpiece is the well-wrought six-piece "Spirits and Warriors Suite" that gives the CD its title), Clifford Jordan's iconic jazz standard "Glass Bead Games," and the classic ballad "Portrait of Jenny."

Propelled by drum grandmaster Billy Hart and bassist Ugonna Okegwo, who lock in like life-long partners, tenor saxophonist Mark Shim and trumpeter Alex Sipiagin, a Criss Cross regular, uncork cogent solos, some inflamed, some nuanced.

Perdomo, 44, plays throughout with the old soul clarity, grit, maturity and freshness that have earned him deep respect from the best and brightest representatives of the hardcore jazz and Afro-Caribbean practitioners on the international playing field.

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Ever since he came to New York in 1993 from Venezuela, Perdomo has emerged as one of the most in-demand sidemen – as evidenced by his celebrated work with a wide array of jazz and Latin stars – from Ravi Coltrane to Ray Barretto, and by his six critically- acclaimed recordings as a leader. The release of his magnificent new, Hot Tone label debut CD, 22, features bassist Mimi Jones’ supple, deep basslines and drummer Rudy Royston’s quicksilver rhythms, in a trio he christened The Controlling Ear Unit. “I wanted to create an environment where a sensitive player could make his own musical choices, without fear of the consequences,” Perdomo says. “The word ‘unit’ is appropriate because although the current group is a trio, it doesn’t really have to be restrained to that. It could have a different format, depending on what the music calls for.”

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"Okegwo displayed all the reasons he'd been picked for this date and finally, an absolutely beautiful rendition of 'Portrait of Jenny' featuring Sipiagin at his most eloquent."
Jazz wise, 01-8-2016

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