Title: Huapango Nights
Performer / Composer: Eduardo Bortolotti
Release Date: December 11, 2020
Genre: jazz, folk, rock
In collaboration with the Embassy of Mexico in Poland and the Polish record label Soliton, the official release of the album “Huapango Nights” was carried out, the recording debut of Eduardo Bortolotti, Mexican jazz violinist.
The name of the album refers to the folk music genre, which sums up his eight-year stay in Poland and is a combination of the folkloric background with a contemporary jazz sound.
The violinist, composer and arranger has invited talented young jazz and folk musicians to collaborate on the project. Each of them contributes a key element to the quality of the entire album. Colombian Edilson Sánchez playing the bass, accentuating the Latin American expression. Mateusz Sobiechowski on piano and in charge of giving that touch of modern jazz in harmony. The drummer Bartek Staromiejski, in charge of giving that Polish-Latin rhythmic expression. An extremely important folkloric element is provided by the Mexican Alberto Suazo, who plays traditional instruments such as: jarana, donkey’s jawbone or pre-Hispanic flutes.
During the production of Huapango Nights, the most important thing for Eduardo Bortolotti was to show his Mexican roots in a version of contemporary jazz. It is a very personal musical journey that summarizes the period from the beginning of his musical career, back in his native Puebla, to the present day. Hence, the album includes nine songs, including four arrangements of traditional Mexican melodies and five of his own compositions.
REVIEWS ABOUT THE ALBUM
01. La Bruja [6:20]
02. Prelude to Xochipilli [1:40]
03. Cenzontle [5:34]
04. Altered Times [5:00]
05. El Cascabel [4:53]
06. Cansao [4:43]
07. Huapango Nights [4:40]
08. La Llorona [4:55]
09. Allá en el Rancho Grande [4:37]
Eduardo Bortolotti. violins, ocarins [02. & 03.]
Mateusz Sobiechowski. piano and keyboards
Edilson Sanchez. bass guitar
Bartek Staromiejski. drums
Alberto Suazo. jarana [01. & 09.] donkey jaw [05.] ocarins [02. & 03.]