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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. violin, ocarinas [02. & 03.]
Mateusz Sobiechowski. piano & keyboards
Edilson Sanchez. electric bass
Bartek Staromiejski. drums
Alberto Suazo. jarana [01. & 09.] jawbone percussion [05.] ocarinas [02. & 03.]
recorded and mixed at Jazovia Cultural Center
mastering by Magdalena Piotrowska (Hear Candy Mastering Studio)
photography by Dorota Koperska
graphic design by Eduardo Bortolotti
distribution by Soliton (SL 1092)
EDUARDO BORTOLOTTI ~ HUAPPANGO NIGHTS
SOLITON 1092 (Barcode: 5903684250921) ~ MEXICO ~ Jazz-World Fusion
Recorded: 2020 Released: 2020
This is the debut album by Mexican (resident in Poland) Jazz violinist Eduardo Bortolotti recorded in a quartet setting with Columbian (also resident in Poland) bassist Edilson Sanchez and two Polish musicians: keyboardist Mateusz Sobiechowski and drummer Bartek Staromiejski. Percussionist Alberto Suazo guests on selected tracks. The album presents nine pieces, four of which are arrangements of Mexican Folk tunes and five are original compositions by Bortolotti.
The music is typical Jazz-World Fusion with strong Mexican / Latin tinge, skillfully performed by the participants. The sound of the violin is certainly quite unusual in this musical environment and takes a moment to get used to, but it certainly works out eventually. The closing track offers a much open and free attitude and perhaps hints as to Bortolotti´s future development.
Bortolotti, who studied with leading Polish Jazz violinists: Marcin Halat and Henryk Gembalski, is certainly well schooled and his technical proficiency is beyond reproach. His personal style still needs to be crystallized, which is sure to happen in time, combining the Polish influences and his Mexican roots and creating a unique voice.
The rest of the players are also skilled performers, with the two Polish musicians having already proven recording experience. They all support the leader amicably and the group sound is coherent and well balanced.
Overall this is a promising debut album, which shows potential and talent, and is definitely worth checking out, especially since the violin in Jazz is relatively obscure and deserves wider recognition.