Mario Dueñas | Beliefs

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by Mario Dueñas

Debut album; an electric piano solo detour from the current jazz mainstream experience. Each movement is a spontaneous composition progressing into a deeper state of freedom; a subtle, yet incisive, portrait of the mind attempting to interpret reality.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Part I: God
7:24 $0.99
2. Part II: Other Minds
5:20 $0.99
3. Part III: Time
9:36 $0.99
4. Part IV: Love
4:27 $0.99
5. Part V: Free Will
3:48 $0.99
6. Part VI: Afterlife
5:35 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Dueñas’ impressive improvisational skills are in full display." - Jazz Corner.

"[Other Minds] #1 Top 25 MP3 Downloads: 2015." - Michael Ricci, All About Jazz.

"Dueñas allows us to experience the deepest recesses of his soul, and we are fully enriched by it all." - Stacey Zering, No Depression.

"[Other Minds] A tune to remind us we are mere bytes in the universal operating system that reboots every infinity." - Fiona Ord-Shrimpton, All About Jazz.


A very talented keyboardist and composer, Mario Dueñas was born and raised in Ecuador and is now based in Chicago. After many musical experiences as a sideman and a leader, he makes his recording debut as a leader on Beliefs.

This album is rather unusual for it features Mario Dueñas playing unaccompanied solos on electric keyboards. Dedicated to God, it consists of six spontaneous compositions that are thoughtful, often melodic and develop logically. The titles (“God,” “Other Minds,” “Time,” “Love,” “Free Will” and “Afterlife”) cover wide areas of life and philosophy, subjects that have been thought about for eternity. Dueñas has said that the music on Beliefs is inspired by “the human desire to understand the nature of reality.” A rather philosophical individual, Dueñas believes in the importance of regularly questioning one’s beliefs about life, and in seeking to know rather than just to believe.

The improvisations on Beliefs are melodic, logical, thought-provoking and generally peaceful. The opening “God” is quiet and reverential before becoming a little playful. “Other Minds” is energetic and musically inquisitive while “Time” evolves and builds up quickly.

“Love” is a ballad that (not too surprisingly) is a bit romantic. “Free Will” is the cooker of the set, an uptempo romp that has its exciting moments. The program concludes with the mysterious but ultimately straightforward “Afterlife.”

The six selections on Beliefs form a suite of music that rewards repeated listenings. Overall, this is an impressive debut for Mario Dueñas.

- Scott Yanow, jazz journalist/historian and author of 11 books including The Great Jazz Guitarists, The Jazz Singers, Jazz On Film and Jazz On Record 1917-76.



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Carlos De Souza

Simply Imazing!
Wonderful music! Very inspiring and relaxing. Perfect to anyone that enjoys really good Jazz! Also ideal to take a break from the stress and get out from the routine! 10/10

Erick Villegas

Inspiring music, deep emotions, highly recommended!

Andrei Covaciu

Excellent for an autumn day!
I listened to this CD in a cold autumn day (yesterday, that is) and it completely cheered me up. It is good music in vein of Marcus Roberts and Teddy Wilson, performed with great lore and skill. I just wished the piano were acoustic and the pianist accompanied by a drummer and a bass player. Five stars!

Xav Navgom

Amazing Production...highly recommended!!
Excellent!! improvisations that lead us to reflect on everything about us and our God ... and also "All about jazz"