Martín Leiton (arr, dir, b), Iván González, Pol Omedes, Andrea Motis, Oscar Latorre, Pep Garau (tp), Rita Payés, Joan Codina, Víctor Colomer (tb), Darío García (b-tb), Marcel·lí Bayer (as, fl), Joan Mas (as), Gabriel Amargant (ts), Santi de la Rubia (ts), Joan Chamorro (bs), Toni Saigi (p), Dani Pérez (g), Pedro Campos (b), Ramon Prats (d), Juan Rodríguez Berbín (perc)
Bar code: 8427328435390
01. Bembe Lengue 4:17
02. Canto para sanar 12:02
03. Visions 7:57
04. Ciclos 6:55
05. Tercera República 8:15
06. Memoria histórica 7:11
07. Rompecristales 8:30
08. Encuentro 6:36
All compositions by Martín Leiton
Martín Leiton (arranger, conductor, bass), Ramon Prats (drums), Juan Rodríguez Berbín (percussion), Pedro Campos (doublebass), Toni Saigi (piano), Dani Pérez (guitar), Joan Chamorro (baritone sax), Gabriel Amargant (tenor sax), Santi de la Rubia (tenor sax), Marcel·lí Bayer (alto sax, flute), Joan Mas (alto sax), Darío García (bass trombone), Rita Payés, Joan Codina, Víctor Colomer (trombone), Iván González, Pol Omedes, Andrea Motis, Òscar Latorre, Pep Garau (trumpet).
Recorded at Estudis 44.1 (Girona), April 26, 2017
Sound engineer: David Casamitjana
Mixed by Juan Rodríguez Berbín at Seward's Room
Mastered by Carlos Freitas at Classic Master
Photography: Marcel·lí Bayer, Mariona Vega
Produced by Martín Leiton & Juan Rodríguez Berbín
Executive Producer: Jordi Pujol
"Catalonia-based bassist, composer and arranger Martín Leiton has worked in a variety of settings. He has led trios and quartets and now he is leading his own big band. He’s also released two albums under his own name; Medium (96k Music, 2011) and Poetry Of Sound (Underpool, 2015) with a quartet and a trio respectively. He’s worked with Kenny Werner, Jeff Ballard, Seamus Blake and Eric Marienthal amongst others plus fellow Iberian jazzers Perico Sambeat and Chano Domínguez.
Leiton’s big band project arose out of the vibrant Barcelona jazz scene and features some of its best known protagonists including Pol Omedes, Andrea Motis, Joan Chamorro, Santi de la Rubia, Dani Pérez and Pedro Campos. It has a conventional line-up of four trumpets, five saxophones, four trombones, plus guitar, piano, double bass and drums and the addition of a percussionist. This time-honoured configuration clearly pays dividends. Inevitable fuses different musical traditions, jazz, folk and Latin and the result is a dynamic and imaginative marriage of Afro-Cuban and Spanish numbers.
Several of the compositions are reliant on stretched-out grooves played over a bass figure, such as the longest track Canto Para Sanar, one of the three tracks on which Leiton himself plays double bass. Others, however, are more convoluted such as the complex and labyrinthine Rompescristales. There’s a lightness of touch to the arrangements too, elevated in part by the judicious deployment of percussion, as realised by the Venezuelan drummer Juan Rodríguez Berbín. From the fanfare opening and staccato-rich Bembe Lengue (deliberately rhyming with Merengue perhaps?) to the restated quotes from John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme on Visions, this is emphatically a superior big band outing."
Jazz Journal (February, 2017)
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