Jesus Santandreu (ts), Albert Palau (p), Nelson Cascasi (b), Iago Fernández (d)
The reality of those who can see is subject to the virtue of the immortal who possess the skill of listening without any prejudices about what is true and what is not. The whole conscious experience lies between what we believe and what in fact is. To gain understanding we must be one with what we try to understand, with what we try to listen to.
Any learning process involves 3 stages - imitation, assimilation, and innovation. Creative truth, dogmatic as it may sound to the non-initiated, only reveals itself when scrupulously working out these stages. Jazz, being a language, must be learned by following this powerful triangular process. Jesús Santandreu is fully aware of it, as shown in his second project as a leader - Sound Colors.
The main sources of inspiration for Santandreu's jazz discourse are John Coltrane, Steve Grossman, and Jerry Bergonzi. What is amazing about Santandreu is his skill to draw creatively from the discourse of these 3 unquestionable masters of the tenor saxophone. Still more surprising is his capacity to combine the solid basis of his phrasing with personal and non-transferable concepts - a penetrating matte sound, the skill to exploit sonority to the extreme, the systematization of the 3 tonal centers, and the use of the whole range of the tenor, reaching 3 octaves.
I think we have found one of the keys to make this world a better place -thought joined with music reinforces its power of communication. No wonder all colors are made up of the 3 primary ones.
01. Dani Emulation
02. Suarajeb Abada
03. Yellow Interlude
05. Red Interlude
06. L.W. Dream
07. Blue Interlude
08. Sound Colors
Recorded at Boom Estudios, in Gaia, Portugal, on June 7, 8 & 9, 2008.
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