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The Old City

by Julian Gerstin Sextet

Lyrical, danceable jazz in styles from the world's great crossroads cities: Havana, Athens, Istanbul, Bogota, Fort-de-France, San Francisco.
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1. The Old City
7:21 $0.99
2. Jugo De Mambo
4:02 $0.99
3. Human Element
5:10 $0.99
4. Pwan Lajan-Lan
7:12 $0.99
5. Que Guapo Es Mi Compay
6:43 $0.99
6. Leander's Waltz
3:42 $0.99
7. The Deaf Singer
3:40 $0.99
8. Cumbia Sin Cambio
4:25 $0.99
9. Soukwe Soukwe
4:25 $0.99
10. Santa Barbara Blues
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Album Notes
The CD celebrates the world’s crossroads cities, where immigrants and long-time residents mingle their musical sounds and new traditions emerge. You’ll hear cumbia from Bogota, danzón from Havana, mambo from New York, tsamikos from Athens, and other sounds from Istanbul, Sarajevo and the streets of San Francisco — all expressed through the lens of contemporary jazz. “Imagine people from different places finding one another in a café on a cobblestone street, and then what their children do with it all,” notes composer and percussionist Julian Gerstin. “In these times, we need to remember that creativity happens when people of different cultures share their lives.”

Julian has been invested in such sharing for most of his life, studying and performing in Martinique, Cuba and Ghana, and working with bands from Nigeria, South Africa, Iran, Puerto Rico, as well as in American styles from funk and jazz to zydeco. A major influence on the Sextet was Julian’s two years in Martinique, studying drums and dance with the island’s traditional masters. Julian is one of the few U.S. performers of Martinique’s tanbou bèlè, a large barrel drum on which the player sits, using one heel to change the drum’s pitch as he plays. “I learn these wonderful rhythms and styles,” Julian says, “and then I want to play them in a jazz setting, with contemporary melodies and room for improvisation. So I have to write the music.”

On the new recording, two songs — “Soukwé Soukwé” (“shake it, shake it”) and “Pwan lajanlna” (“take the money”) — are mazouk, a Creolized mazurka dance from Martinique. The title song, “The Old City,” moves from a gentle Cuban canción to a darker Greek tsamikos, and then to a rousing salsa-merengue groove. "Jugo de Mambo" is of course a mambo, "Que Guapo Es Mi Compay" an elegant Cuban danzón, "The Deaf Singer" a lively Balkan cocek, "Human Element" a sweet lesno, or slow song. You’ll even hear a good-old American folk waltz played on fiddle and guitar, "Leander's Waltz." And more ...



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