Afrikan Blues
  • Miguel Fernández Miguel Fernández
  • Jason Palmer Jason Palmer
  • Leo Genovese Leo Genovese
  • Chris Lightcap Chris Lightcap
  • Joe Hunt Joe Hunt

Miguel Fernández

Afrikan Blues

Other Contemporary Jazz Labels

Personnel:
Miguel Fernández (ts), Jason Palmer (tp), Leo Geneovese (p), Chris Lightcap (b), Joe Hunt (d)

Reference: Sax On CD 001

Tracklisting:

01. The Opener 4:03
02. Afrikan Blues 7:32
03. Júpiter I 5:31
04. Fuga 4:33
05. Maravilla 6:10
06. Mellow One 4:35
07. Agripa 7:06
08. Sé que te gusta, KBI 5:42
09. B Class 5:03

Total time: 50:00 min. approx.

All music written by Miguel Fernández


Personnel:

Miguel Fernández (tenor sax), Jason Palmer (trumpet), Leo Geneovese (piano), Chris Lightcap (bass), and Joe Hunt (drums).

Recorded & mixed by Michael Marciano at Systems Two Studios, NYC, January 24 & 25, 2013


Mastering by Toby Mountain at Northeastern Digital.
Artwork: Ms. Bouza


Produced by Miguel Fernández, Leo Genovese and Josué Pascual

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Reviews:

"Plenty of jazz saxophonists explore their instruments vast range of sounds; fewer get into modifying the instrument to bring that range more in line with the sounds they imagine it to be capable of. This is Barcelona-based tenor player Miguel Fernándezs first record for Sax On, a label affiliated with a shop of the same name in Barcelona, where Fernández sells, repairs and modifies saxophones, a musician fine-tuning the instruments and sounds of other musicians.

Fernández first broke in with Joe Lovano and Paquito de Rivera, and has lived in Barcelona since 2004, leading his own bands and releasing underthe-radar albums for most of that time. Afrikan Blues features only one of his frequent collaborators, pianist Leo Genovese, but its still a tight quintet.

Fernández and trumpeter Jason Palmer are strongly locked in together, playing Fernándezs original themes in such strong unison that the sound of their instruments often merges into a third, distinct timbre. The rhythm section keeps things mostly straightahead, and Genovese is the unstable element, his unpredictable playing always leaping sideways into a new idea. Fernández is often at his best holding out long, draping phrases, but does some interesting work at higher speeds as well, jittering through the oddly nervous theme of Maravilla and confidently squeezing out a series of loosely connected ideas during his solo on the title track. As one might expect of player who tinkers with saxes for a living, his tone is always spot-on, a strong voice for a sharp composer whose profile deserves to rise."

Joe Tangari
Down Beat (November, 2014)

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"Hay discos que arrollan, que pasan por encima de uno sin pedir permiso, de un tirón, imponiéndose con una autoridad incontestable. Su pegada puede radicar tanto en su excelencia como en su facultad de reconciliarnos con el jazz. Sí, me temo que todo aquel que ame verdaderamente el jazz -y poco importa qué entendamos por tan manoseado término- algún día se encuentra sumido, por motivos variopintos, en una crisis durante la que se replantea el sentido de todo cuanto ha escuchado, de igual manera que uno puede levantarse una mañana y no reconocer el rostro de la mujer a la que ha amado durante años.

Discos como Afrikan Blues -dos palabras que invitan pero que no sintetizan, ni mucho menos, todos los elementos de su contenido-, ahuyentan los fantasmas de ese pairo en medio de la nada para devolvernos, aunque sólo sea por espacio de una hora, la respiración jazzística. Sin aditamentos ni paliativos, Miguel Fernández y su quinteto pisan ahora, con especial gracia y oportunidad, el terreno abonado en los sesenta por músicos como Miles Davis y su iluminado quinteto, Andrew Hill, Freddie Hubbard etc. Huellas de nombres sin duda dispares pero que de algún modo se aglutinan aquí en composiciones con mucha sustancia y solventadas con interpretaciones no menos brillantes. Bravo por el líder, que ha sabido organizar con maestría los roles de su formación precisamente para que no se note la presencia de un líder, concitando con inteligencia el orden, la sencillez formal y el empaque rítmico del hard bop con líneas y armonías más abiertas y exploratorias. Un disco, en definitiva, en el que se atisban muchos horizontes y en el que nada, absolutamente nada, es superfluo."

-Quinito L. Mourelle
Cuadernos de Jazz (Julio, 2014)
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$12.04  (tax incl.)

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