Dayramir González | The Grand Concourse

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The Grand Concourse

by Dayramir González

This album is defined by the voyage of a young artist from Havana, whose creation of musical works shines a light on the gems of traditional Cuban sentiments, contemporary Afro-Cuban jazz and the vanguard sounds of New York.
Genre: Jazz: Afro-Cuban Jazz
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1. Smiling
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2. Moving Forward
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3. Sencillez (feat. Oriente Lopez)
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4. Iyesa Con Miel (feat. Pedrito Martinez & Yosvany Terry)
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5. Blood Brothers (feat. String Bembe)
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6. Camello Tropical (feat. Nadia Washington)
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7. Lovely Time with My Dear
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8. Linear Patterns in Havana (feat. Raul Pineda)
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9. Two Makes the Difference
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10. West Coast Exchange
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11. Hand in Hand, You and I
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12. Situaciones En 12/8
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
“'The Grand Concourse' is a tour de force. As writer, arranger, pianist, leader, and guiding spirit of this sensational project, Dayramir Gonzalez exhibits complete command.” — DownBeat 4.5 out of 5 stars

“In Mr. Gonzalez’s hands, an Afro-Cuban batá drum pattern becomes a tone poem filled with funk attitude and modern-jazz feel.”

- The Wall Street Journal

“His refined yet bravado-infused pianism naturally extends the brilliant legacy of Cuban jazz pianists from Bebo Valdes to Chucho Valdes to Gonzalo Rubalcaba.” -LA Weekly

“[His music] sounds as if it were making the mind travel on an epic journey…A kind of music that suggests a whimsical romantic entanglement.” - Fox News Latino

“Very rarely indeed does one get to call an album of music “a masterpiece” and actually mean it. But this is absolutely true of The Grand Concourse” - Latin Jazz Network

The Grand Concourse is the main thoroughfare that runs through the Bronx. When I first moved to New York, I made the South Bronx my home, and it's where I created most of the songs included in this album. It was where I struggled to rise above the challenges that came with starting a new life in a city that could swallow me up in no time. But "The Grand Concourse" also has a meaning that inspires. It is the broad road that leads to new journeys. It is at the concourse where people connect in an open space and encounter the expected and unexpected. And my album is the meeting place for the world to enter that space of diverse musical experiences.

Born and raised in Havana, Cuba, pianist Dayramir (DY-ruh-meer) Gonzalez has come into his own as a New York City based artist/composer and bold musical force with his bountiful U.S. debut “THE GRAND CONCOURSE” (March 2nd, 2018, Machat Records). This album dazzles as an expressive showcase of the energetic Dayramir’s immense talent and sweeping musical vision. An internationally praised pianist and composer, he’s been hailed for his ‘monster technique’ and prolific creative range which melds rock, pop, jazz and Afro-Cuban stylings.

Dayramir’s knack for weaving a mosaic of both traditional and cutting-edge inspirations is not solely tethered to his daring blend of genres. The vibrant THE GRAND CONCOURSE embraces the pulse and mystique of New York City, as well as the allure of early 20th Century Cuban sonic leanings and the cultural roots and myths of sensually fused Yoruba religious elements (Cuban-centric Yoruba beliefs identify both natural and spiritual characteristics as part of its foundation) elevated by Dayramir’s 21st Century precision.

“This is an ambitious project that presents me not only as a pianist or improviser, but also as a composer, arranger, orchestrator, and bandleader. For me, making an album is always about creating a full and complete piece of art, where I have a palette of different colors to choose from and can paint all those sounds that float in my head." - Dayramir


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