Ivan 'Melon' Lewis (p, perc, vcl), Ariel Brínguez (ss, ts), Reinier Elizarde, Alain Perez (b), Dafnis Prieto, Michael Olivera (d), Yuri Nogueira, Pedro Pablo Rodriguez, Yuvisney Aguilar (perc), Carlos Sarduy (tp), Roy Toledano, Kumar Subevao-Beat (vcl)
Bar code: 820103349451
"The sounds, melodies, voices, chords, ultimately the music, must be that necessary vehicle of expression through which we communicate moods, feelings, ideology or even lifestyle. This work is a reflection, the sincerest example of the professional and personal moment that I'm living. True to the belief of let fly the music inside of each of us to take us to unexpected places, we've tried to create a sound space where flows and lives the classical music, jazz or son montuno with Afro-Cuban percussion elements and all together conceived from a contemporary perspective to my historical moment. It's a pleasure to introduce my second album. Enjoy the music of Ayer y hoy."
-Ivan 'Melon' Lewis
01. Montuniana (Lewis) 4:48
02. Ocho para todos (Lewis) 6:37
03. Ayer y hoy (Lewis)
[Feat. Paquito D'Rivera] 5:39
04. Camino [To Angel Charles] (Lewis) 8:08
05. Latido del Alma (Lewis-Buika)
[Feat. Concha Buika] 5:25
06. Mizizi (Lewis) 10:22
07. Gala & Nena (Lewis) 6:42
08. Vereda Tropical (Curiel)
09. Aún me falta (Lewis) 2:32
Total time: 55:00 min. approx.
Ivan 'Melon' Lewis (piano, percussion & vocals), Ariel Bringuez (tenor & soprano sax), Reinier 'El Negrón' Elizarde (bass on #2,4,6 & 7), Alain Perez (b on #1,3,5 & 8), Dafnis Prieto (drums on #4,5,6 & 7), Michael Olivera (drums on #1,2 & 8), Yuri Nogueira (congas, timbal & güiro on #1,3 & 8), Pedro Pablo Rodriguez (batá & chewkere on #2), Yuvisney Aguilar (batá & percussions on #5), Carlos Sarduy (trumpet on #8), Roy Toledano (vocals on #3), Kumar Subevao-Beat (vocals on #5).
Recorded, mixed & mastered by Javier Monteverde at Cezanne Producciones, Madrid, on July 2014
Art Design: Maria Villar
Photography: Javi Rojo
Produced by Ivan 'Melon' Lewis
Born in 1974 in Cuba, Ivan "Melon" Lewis went on to receive his classical music training and graduated from the prestigious National School of Art (ENA) in Havana. His professional career begins at the age of 20, making several tours by Latin America, Europe, U.S. and Canada as well, being part of the well-known cuban salsa singer Isaac Delgados band.
Based in Madrid, Spain since 1998, he has been very active, participating in several of the most remarkable jazz festivals around the world, like Montreux Jazz Festival, Jazz in Marciac, Montreal Jazz Festival, Jazz in Tête, Nice Jazz Festival, Festival de Jazz de Vitoria, Festival de Jazz Voll-Damm de Barcelona, Jazzuv Xalapa Festival de Jazz (Mexico), etc, sharing stage with some of the most important jazz artists like Mulgrew Miller, Bebo Valdés, John Hicks, Giovanni Hidalgo, Jerry González, Buika, David Sánchez, or Wynton Marsalis, hamong many others.
Since 2003, leads his quartet, which it comes appearing in several of the most important festivals in Spain and Europe. Since 2007 and until 2013, he maintained a special collaboration with the singer Buika, Touring several times along U.S. (Town Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, Disney Theater in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Chicago, Oakland, etc), Canada, Latin America and all Europe.
In 2010 he released its first album Travesía (Universal), counting for it with several of the most important musicians of International jazz scene. Parallelly it develops an active work facing recording collaborations with the most remarkably singers of the present Spanish musical scene. In 2013, Lewis was a Latin Grammy nominee for the recording of the year, as a producer for the track La Nave Del Olvido included in the Buikas album La Noche Más Larga.
Recently Ivan Melon Lewis and his quartet were performing at Yoshis San Francisco, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC and at the legendary Blue Note Jazz Club in New York, as part of the release of his second album Ayer