Andre Avelino | Aliento De Vida (Breath of Life)

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Aliento De Vida (Breath of Life)

by Andre Avelino

An instrumental potpouri of praise via rhythms of the African Diaspora as expressed in the Carribbean / Latin America ie. Bomba Sica, Samba, Cha Cha and even some subdued Second Line featuring some of the most sought after musicians of Puerto Rico and U.S
Genre: Jazz: Latin Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Aliento De Vida
5:58 $0.99
2. Amparo Y Fortaleza
5:16 $0.99
3. Horacio
5:23 $0.99
4. Stella By Starlight
6:15 $0.99
5. La Fe De Un Nino
5:08 $0.99
6. Tim 2:5
4:47 $0.99
7. Descanso Para Mi Alma (Rest For My Soul)
1:54 $0.99
8. La Puerta Estrecha
7:29 $0.99
9. Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow (solo guitar intro)
0:47 $0.99
10. Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow
6:57 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes

Howard University played a pivotal role in the musical development of guitarist Andre Avelino. Howard Univ. was populated by a sizeable community of diverse global origins; Ghana, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Puerto Rico, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Costa Rica, California, Mississippi, Alabama, New York etc. etc., all of which helped to nurture ones artistic sensibilities.

Upon graduation, he joined the band of the late and dearly beloved Maria Rodriguez where he performed as guitarist and tres player. She served as a mentor and constantly encouraged the guitarist to compose and arrange while fostering the confidence that eventually led him to compose for various bands in Puerto Rico. He was particularly honored when the great percussionist Giovanni Hidalgo and Angel "Cachete" Maldonado were included in one of his Latin jazz arrangements for former Fania recording artist Orlando Pabellon.

Andre eventually began to focus primarily on his guitar development. He also taught briefly at the "Conservatorio de Musica de Puerto Rico" extension program while going on to perform or record with various internationally acclaimed musicians of the islands jazz community i.e. Freddy Gumbs, Jimmy Rivera, Ramon Vasquez, Hector Matos, Paoli Mejias, Eric Figueroa, Jose "Furito" Rios, Mark Montes de Oca, Jose "Cheguito" Encarnacion, Hector "Coco" Barez, Alejandro Aviles, Freddie Camacho amongst others.

In hopes of extending his musical vistas, the guitarist joined the navy music program and relocated to Chicago where he performed or recorded in gospel and jazz genres with such musical luminaries as producer and composer Tony Smalls, Larry Gray, George Fludas, DeJuana Smalls, Malcolm Banks, and Tony Carpenter.
He later moved to New Orleans where as a member of arranging great Wardell Quezergue's band, enjoyed the privilege of performing with several R&B legends such as Jean Knight, Aaron Neville, King Floyd, Gatemouth Brown, Juanita Brooks, Nick Daniels, Theryl DeClouet, and Luther Kent. He also did side man gigs with George Finch and saxophone great, Clarence Johnson while performing in several jazz festivals and internationally celebrated jazz venues.

Andre has recently completed his tenure as the guitar, improvisation, and combo instructor at the Navy School of Music. While maintaining an active schedule, he has been published several times in Downbeat magazine and has conducted several clinics on guitar, improvisation, and Afro- Caribbean music. He also performs with the Latin Jazz Trio of Gerardo Colon Ortiz, The B3 Organ Trio of Clarence Creer, the contemporary jazz/R&B groups Against All Odds,The Kevin Flowers Band, and the gospel jazz project Alexander/Cooper.



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Rich Roberge

Praising God Through Exquisite Music
I've had the privilege of hearing André Avelino perform for the past 16 years and enjoyed it every time. Breath of Life is truly André Avelino at his best so far. This recording reflects how much his musicianship has developed through the years. At the same time it gives us a glimpse of how well André absorbed the intricacies of the African musical heritage of Puerto Rico and Cuba. He manages to blend these and other elements from music from other parts of the world, with the genres which are part of his formation, into memorable compositions which you’ll find yourself humming. His maturity as a composer is obvious from the diversity of harmonical, stylistic and compositional elements in the original compositions which make up the majority of the repertoire for the date. The choice of musicians for the recording reflects André’s commitment to excellence and authenticity. He is in company of some of the most sought after musicians in Puerto Rico and the United States, each of them a musical master in their own right with deep roots playing the styles which make up the songs. Each song is a gem which has a cohesive quality to it, seeming as if every member of the ensemble knows each other well and they have been playing this music together for years. André’s solos are delightful. His playing is like a Caribbean breeze which can go from smooth to forceful in an instant. He builds upon melodic motifs which are inspired by a wide variety of musical and cultural elements, yet he always keeps his solos harmonically interesting. Above all, through this exquisite work of art, André not only showcases his musical talents and interest in the rhythms of the African Diaspora, he honors his parents and praises the name of God who is the one and only “Breath of Life”.

André, musicalmente tu eres mas caribeño que muchos que nacieron acá… Tremendo trabajo… Te felicito … Gloria a Dios… Praise God for the Blessing of Caribbean Music…! Praise God for He is worthy… Rich Roberge January 28, 2005

edgar avelino -canada

awesome cd
i am proud that my name is associated with one of the greatest instrumental jazz player of all times.kudos to your compositions and god bless..... edgar-

Wanda Boyd

I enjoyed this CD very much. It's a buyer. Mr. Avelino is truly blessed with talent!!!

Great Job!!!


Honrando la cultura y los ritmos caribenos
Andre hizo un gran trabajo en este CD toda la musica tiene mucha fuerza, mucho espiritu, mucho sabor y sus improvisaciones y temas fueron muy bien escogidos y desarrollados al maximo. El personal de este disco vale la pena oirlo pues son la crema de PR, lo que le da el sello de calidad. Comprelo no se va a arrepentir y colabore con este productor independiente. Buen Trabajo Avelino!!!!


Donnell Smith

WOW! What a wonderful work of art. I can clearly tell that this work is a labor of love. Andre seamlessly travels through the various styles of the African Diaspora with grace. His guitar playing is superb with clean full bodied lines and spiritual foundation. This is not some guitar guy with a digital workstation in his home CD. This is full rich musicianship at it's very best! Recorded in top level studios with quality engeneering. I really don't see this CD being independent very long. The musicians are superb and support Andre's music with powerful foundation as well as showing great ability when given solo spotlight. GREAT job Mr. Avelino this CD is in my disc player rotation big time! Look foward to your next project.

Kevin Flowers

Totally Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What can i say!!!! Andre' this is a great CD. It has a permament slot is my cd player, until you relase another then I will have to make room for two slots. Doxology is my favorite!! Your verion of Stella really really nice. Your opening cut, Aliento De Vida, really sets the mood of what our ears can excpect and proves to be a nice staple of the Andre' Avelino soound!!!!!!! This is a great project, and continue with more of your endeavors!!!!!!! Thanks for the opportunity to have my ears massaged by such great writing!!!!
P.S. I think you missed a name in your bio. LOL

luis pena

Breath of life

Ricky Micou

Andre, this is truly a musical offering. Your concept of blending musical styles and rhythms of the world is refreshing. You have proven once again that, "Music Is A Universal Language". Check it out and you'll love it!!!

Judy Paschall

Must buy! Wow!
André Avelino’s Aliento de Vida is a refreshing, vibrant CD of African music. He features various drums and other percussion instruments to bring the rhythmic music alive. You cannot help but feel the beat and want to hear more and more of it.

Luis Lebron

Truly an inspiration!!!!
This CD is awesome!!! La mezcla de los ritmos es definitivamente unica...Andre, te la comistes!!!
Que Dios te bendiga y sigue hacia adelante...
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