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viernes, 26 de agosto de 2011

CD Review: Aldemar Valentin - Finding my Path



Aldemar Valentin debut album recorded live in 2008 captures the energy of four of the best musicians in Puerto Rico, saxophonist and flutist Ricardo Pons, guitarist Raul Romero, drummer Efrain Martinez and bassist Aldemar Valentin. In all the eight original compositions by Aldemar Valentin, these musicians show their ability to speak to each other through intense lines and inventive improvisations played over the solid rhythm foundation provided by Efrain Martinez on drums.

Romero and Valentin display their flawless technical ability with well developed solos while Pons demonstrates his mastery of both the flute and saxophone. Ricardo Pons plays the flute on “Gente de Fuego”, “Don Pedro Rios”, “Azul Cielo” and the title track “Finding my Path” and add the majestic sound of the baritone saxophone on “Regalo”, “Cuna”, “La Vida en Colores” and “Fabula para el Verano”. On “Fabula para el Verano”, Pons cleverly seems to quote lines from two classics Caribbean songs, El Manicero and Lamento Borincano.

Finding My Path takes us through a journey of different levels of intensity with fusion jazz music that can be powerful or relaxing and sometimes both.

Personnel:
Aldemar Valentin - bass, Ricardo Pons - baritone sax, flute, Raul Romero - guitar, Efrain Martinez - drums

Tracks:
Gente de Fuego, Don Pedro Rios, Regalo, Cuna, La Vida en Colores, Finding My Path, Azul Cielo, Fabula para el verano

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