Jose-Miguel Yamal | Evolucion: Points of Convergence

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Evolucion: Points of Convergence

by Jose-Miguel Yamal

Evolucion: Points of Convergence, the debut album from pianist Dr. Jose-Miguel Yamal, is a unique fusion of instrumental world music drawing from diverse cultural influences including jazz, latin jazz (from Brazil, Cuba, and Chile), and west African genre
Genre: Jazz: Afro-Cuban Jazz
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Evolución: Points of Convergence, the debut album of pianist Jose-Miguel Yamal, celebrates the past and the future of latin jazz. Drawing influence from funky Brazilian rhythms, Afro-Cuban son and danzón, West African syncopated rhythms, and modern jazz beats, the music builds upon itself in a rich tapestry of colors and textures that is soothing to the ear. The melodies range from haunting to evocative to playful, flowing over percussion-driven grooves.

Musical evolution has occurred at discrete time points and most often during the fusion of two separate genres. Latin jazz developed and continues to progress through this convergence of cultures. Thus, this album continues this tradition of musical evolution by paying tribute to the past, acknowledging the present, and looking towards the future.

José-Miguel Yamal is a Chilean-American jazz pianist with a repertoire as deep and eclectic as his love of all music rhythmic and soulful. José-Miguel was studying classical guitar at the nationally acclaimed High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, Texas when he realized his true voice was best spoken through the piano, specifically in the jazz genre. After changing instruments and experimenting with jazz as a form of self-expression, José-Miguel quickly nurtured and grew his talent as a pianist. Recent trips to Latin American have not only enlivened José-Miguel’s Hispanic cultural roots, but have resulted in an expansive musical vocabulary of salsa, cumbia, bossa nova, samba, and cuecas. The Latin American styles, infused with funk and soul, are the synergy of a cultural palette of sounds which now define José-Miguel’s voice in the music
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José-Miguel has performed with many jazz greats including Tom Harrell, Bob Mintzer, Carlos Garnett, Hubert Laws, and Milt Hinton, and from the Duke Ellington orchestra trombonist Buster Cooper, trumpet player Barrie Lee Hall, Jr., bassist John Lamb, and saxophonist Shelley Carroll. He has also collaborated with salsa singers Ismael Miranda, Rey De la Paz, Luisito Carrion, Choco Orta, salsa/latin jazz trombonist Jimmy Bosch and pianist Larry Harlow to name a few. José-Miguel has performed in the internationally acclaimed Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland as well as the Kemah Jazz Festival, Houston International Festival, Corpus Christi Texas Jazz Festival, and the Puerto Rican Festival. José-Miguel’s passion for music is complemented by his love of mathematics and science; he has a Ph.D. from Rice University in statistics and is and working as a researcher and assistant professor at the world renowned University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston, Texas.

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REINALDO L CASELLAS

A REVIEW IN GOOD NEW AFROCUBAN JAZZ
I FOUND THIS ALBUM SO GOOD MUSICALLY SPEAKING. ALL OF MUSICIANS WERE MASTERS AND ALL OF LATIN RHYTHMS WERE PLAYED VERY WELL. I TRULY RECOMMENDED TO MY FRIENDS AND TO ANYONE WHO WANTS TO BUY GOOD NEW LATIN JAZZ
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