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by Quarteto Nuevo

Christopher Garcia's QUARTETO NUEVO combines the rhythmic traditions and sophistication of the Near, Middle and Far East with the harmonic richness of the West, with lyrical melodies from both to make a truly unique musical experience.
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1. Invocation
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2. Silver Hollow
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3. Song to John
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4. Lucia
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5. Early Mourning Shadows
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6. Harmonic Sketch #1
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7. Even Picasso couldn't find her
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8. Todos las Estrellas
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9. With his Hat in his Hand
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10. Story of Maryam
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Quarteto Nuevo combine the rhythmic traditions and sophistication of the Near, Middle and Far East with the harmonic richness of the West, with lyrical melodies from both to make a truly unique music. The group, which features Ken Rosser on guitar, Alfredo Garcia on bass, Christopher Garcia and Randy Gloss on percussion, and Alan Lechusza on oboe and saxophone, is fluid with diverse forms and substance from various traditions - yet not bound by any. Their compositions and improvisations feature superimposed metric modulations, electric sitar solos, bass solos and any number of percussion solos to stimulate the listener and awaken that which is already within.

"The CD cover art depicts a well-dressed Latin man sitting on a stool with an acoustic guitar in his hand, looking at sheet music. Imagery of a softly performed Spanish serenade comes to mind. However, reality dictates that the band's overall scope and manner of execution is quite a bit more - all encompassing. What this quintet effectively does, is to merge Andean folk, North Indian classical, Latin and jazz with an organic feel that also packs a wallop! They're really a quintet, yet their moniker has a certain, romantic tinge to it. A primary point of interest resides within the group's quasi world-beat/jazz interpretations of drummer Jack DeJohnette's lovely "Silver Hollow," Chick Corea and Stanley Clarke's bustling "Song To John", and more. Electric bassist Alfredo Garcia provides the limber bottom end, whereas percussionists Randy Gloss and Christopher Garcia multitask via their expert employment of ethnocentric instruments. Woodwind ace, Alan Lechusza's soft and fluently executed oboe work, might spark notions of Paul McCandless' legacy with the band Oregon. The ensemble' s razor-sharp precision is enhanced by its jazzy interludes, lightly rumbling percussion motifs and difficult to navigate, time signatures. With " Todos las estrellas" the artists' ingrain a distinct of mysticism into series of cross-cultural rhythmic structures amid Lechusza' s exotic lines, performed on the Thai flute. They effectively meld the music of ancient worlds and faraway places with a contemporary jazz-based groove. Ultimately, this wonderful outing signifies one of the major surprises of the year! (Passionately recommended)"
Glenn Astarita - ALL ABOUT JAZZ (Publisher's Pick)

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Glenn Astarita

Passionately recommended
They effectively meld the music of ancient worlds and faraway places with a contemporary jazz-based groove. Ultimately, this wonderful outing signifies one of the major surprises of the year! (Passionately recommended)

Publisher's Pick at AllAboutJazz.com
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Scott Yanow -LA JAZZ SCENE

Excellent Jazz/world music recording
This is an intriguing set. Although there have been many types of "fusions" of jazz with other types of music, only a relatively few projects have mixed jazz with World Music from foreign countries. The veteran group Oregon, whose "folk jazz" often avoids blue notes, has unusual tone colors and very original improvising, is the obvious ancestor of Quarteto Nuevo. This CD almost seems like a suite, with one number leading to the next. More information about this excellent Jazz/world music recording is available from www.liraproductions.com
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LA WEEKLY

Pick of the Week
Quarteto Nuevo, jamming a jazzical tip on their own compositions and those of Latinate faves such as Egberto Gismonti. Christopher Garcia - Percussion, Randy Gloss - percussion, Ken Rosser - guitars, Alan Lechusza on woodwinds and Alfred Garcia on bass will bring a warm wind to a winter evening
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LA Weekly - Jazz Pick of the Week

If you don't like this group, you can kick me.
Gentle, Melodic. With Latin influences but without obvious references. Improvisers who like tight structures where you can hear everything. Musicians who bring the work of jazz composers (Jack DeJohnette, Paul Motian, Paul Carman) into their own concept, or start from scratch. Their drums, winds and strings, assembled from around the world, produce sounds at once disciplined and relaxed, challenging yet easy to absorb. If you don't like this group, you can kick me.
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