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by Gabriel Guerrero

"Feyas" is the new solo effort by Colombian pianist/composer Gabriel Guerrero. The album showcase original compositions and two arrangements, ranging influences from be-bop, avant garde, contemporary jazz, classical music as well as South American rhythms
Genre: Jazz: Latin Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Colombia Tierra Querida
8:13 album only
2. Un Poco Loco
7:54 album only
3. Hope
7:25 album only
4. Charlie
5:07 album only
5. Tonto Malembe
7:01 album only
6. Ritual
8:12 album only
7. Snake Shot
5:53 album only
8. Tango Reflexivo
4:37 album only
9. Crepusculo
4:53 album only


Album Notes
"A dazzling pyrotechnician and accomplished composer... FEYAS: This is one of the most startling and rewarding piano-led debuts since Gonzalo Rubalcaba's 1990 Blue Note offering, Discovery: Live at Montreux." Bill Milkowski - JAZZ TIMES

"Gabriel Guerrero emerges from the talent-rich jazz environment of New York City as the latest hidden wonder to surface and stake a claim with a brilliant musical statement on FEYAS. A classically-trained pianist, Guerrero draws on a blend of be-bop, Latin, Colombian and other rhythms, contributing seven originals and borrowing two covers in producing this project. Performing with his core piano trio consisting of bassist Jorge Roeder and drummer Eric Doob, Guerrero augments the personnel to include the likes of tenor saxophonist icon Jerry Bergonzi who appears as special guest along with percussionist Samuel Torres and bassist Bruce Gertz among the fifteen musicians on the disc." - ALL ABOUT JAZZ

"The energetic pianist's Feyas displays a recognized reverence to Powell while also exhibiting self-assurance, technical expedience, and compositional proficiency. He comes out blazing right from the launching track with "Colombia Tierra Querida," followed by a delicious version of Powell's "Un Poco Loco" and then "Hope," which utilizes his country's polyrhythms of bullerengue and porro. He is well on his way to staking out a claim as one of the rising pianists in contemporary jazz." - EJAZZ NEWS

There is much to cheer about Gabriel Guerrero’s record, Feyas and it includes his compositions, which are bold and rich in the complexity and design of their ideas. Guerrero firmly establishes his voice here as he adds to the remarkably growing literature of Latin American instrumental music. Here he shows how sure he is of himself as he treads sure-footedly through form and function. Above all his playing is hypnotic and completely mesmerizes the listening audience. The pianist also gets stellar assistance from high-power trios with whom he seems to communicate telepathically. This adds to the immense pleasure of listening to this music over and over again. - LATIN JAZZ NETWORK

"Feyas" is the result of several years of searching and studying. It showcases 7 original compositions and 2 arrangements; one of Lucho Bermudez piece "Colombia Tierra Querida" and Be-bop pianist/composer Bud Powell's "Un Poco Loco" performed here with a "Chande" rhythm from Colombia.
The album offers different textures and colors, with airs from Colombian Bullerengue, Porro, Chande, as well as contemporary jazz compositions. The CD features different line up of musicians including Gabriel Guerrero Trio with Eric Doob-drums, and Jorge Roeder-bass, plus Samuel Torres on Percussion; it also featured Jerry Bergonzi - tenor, Bruce Gertz - bass, Tim Horner - drums, Karina Colis - drums among others.
The disc also features a tribute song "Charlie" for the late Charlie Banacos, legendary jazz educator who passed away 2009.
This record is an organic piece of music done with honesty and featuring world renown musicians.

"Guerrero blends classical with modern, striking a perfect balance"
"Gabiel Guerrero gives the listening audience superb piano stylings"
- Jazz Review

"Gabriel Guerrero brings fresh ideas to his music, he says, When I think he is going left he goes right and when I think he is going right he goes left. He always surprises me, which I love. He brings his Latin Culture to the music in his own inventive way. He is a real improviser."
- Jerry Bergonzi

"Guerrero turns on the warmth with his deeply etched textures, his phrases are long and deep, yet fluid.”
"Gabriel is an intelligent player"
- All About Jazz



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