Cuban pianist, composer, artistic director, and educator Dr. Rafael Zaldivar has made an exceptional contribution to jazz music, receiving great acclaim from Berklee College of Music, JazzTimes and Downbeat magazine along the way. With his new album RUMBA, Rafael Zaldivar continues to build upon his previous work, combining the holistic vibe and rhythmic circularity of Afro-Cuban music with a jazz sound. Zaldivar’s spirituality illuminates RUMBA, opening new doors to an endlessly expressive musical universe. The orchestral lyricism, intricate Afro-Cuban rhythms, and twentieth-century musical textures reveal Zaldivar’s reflective approach as the center of his compositional discourse.
The term RUMBA refers to the social gatherings of the black community in Havana, Cuba. At the beginning of the twentieth century, these groups met to celebrate and praise the deceased in ceremonies full of song and dance. RUMBA promotes social interaction, cultural exchange, and the transmission of Africanism, all of which feeds into the sound of this album. Zaldivar performs his RUMBA with a world-class ensemble comprised of many of jazz and Afro-Cuban music’s leading lights, including Grammy winning and nominated artists Terri Lyne Carrington, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Miguel Zenón, Ingrid Jensen, and Amado Dedeu Garcias, alongside many other Cuban, Canadian, and American greats.
Release Date: Friday, September 16th 2022 on Effendi Records
Acoustic Piano: Rafael Zaldivar
Vocals: Rafael Zaldivar (12), Amado Dedeu Garcias Jr. (1, 12), Amada Dedeu Garcias Sr. (12), Sara Rossy (2), Dayron Luis San Juan (12), Jorge Varona (12)
Synthesizer: Rafael Zaldivar (1, 2, 8, 9, 11), Amhed Mitchel (9)
Guitar: Kurt Rosenwinkel (8)
Trumpet: Ingrid Jensen (11), Alexis Baro (10), Jocelyn Couture (4), Rémi Cormier (4), Alexander Brown (10), Ron Di Lauro (4)
Alto Sax: Miguel Zenón (2), Luis Deniz (10),
Jean-Pierre Zanella (4)
Tenor Sax: André Leroux (4), Kirk MacDonald (10),
Pat LaBarbera (10)
Bass: Roberto Occhipinti (10), Rémi-Jean LeBlanc (3-5, 7-9)
Drums: Louis-Vincent Hamel (3, 7-9),
Terri-Lynn Carrington (4, 5), Amhed Mitchel (2, 10)
Percussion: Rafael Zaldivar (2-4), Amado Dedeu Garcias (1, 4, 5, 12), Dayron Luis San Juan Maguercia (12), Carlos Henrique Feitosa (8), Jorge Luis Papiosco (10)
Content Source: Orange Grove Publicity
Brenda Uchimaru and The Kokoro Singers: Embracing Voices
O happy Fate to be overwhelmed by the cultural force that is the Kokoro Singers under the inspired artistic direction...
Chris Trinidad: Diaspora, Cultural Identity and The Spirit
One of the most fascinating aspects of listening to music of Chris Trinidad, a young Canadian composer and bass guitarist...
Avishai Cohen: From the Future Past
Trust Chick Corea to have associated only with the finest musical partners throughout his long and illustrious career – from...
Emmet Cohen: Uptown in Orbit
The potent language of Black American Music is in full force on Uptown in Orbit, featuring pianist Emmet Cohen and...
Diana Panton: Blue
Diana Panton has long past the stage of being a “singer of boundless promise”. She is already a great artist....
Katharine Timoney: Life Came into Colour
Young women musicians such as Katharine Timoney are a rarity. That’s because young musicians are not usually comfortable indulging in...
Mark Miller · Of Stars and Strings
A Biography of Sonny Greenwich The great Ezra Pound, always forthcoming with advice – often unsolicited – to writers and...
Bill McBirnie · The Technique and Theory of Improvisation
Four years ago (in 2016), Dalya Alberge of The Guardian wrote that the great violin virtuoso Nigel Kennedy lamented the...
Artist Profile: Chris Assaad
Chris Assaad is a multi-talented artist, singer-songwriter, wordsmith and speaker. His songs are pure alchemy that open the heart, returning...
Artist Profile: Lauren Falls
Lauren Falls is a sought-after bassist, composer, and bandleader who over the last decade has been making her mark both...
Artist Profile · Robi Botos
Robi Botos has been hailed as one of the most diverse multi-instrumentalists of this generation. From the hard-bop style of...