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"El Duelo" s a true delight. The energy level never flags, the rhythm section pushes both Diego Urcola and Paquito D'Rivera with fire knowing the good friends are more than up to the challenge. And the slower pieces, such as Willy Gonzalez's lovely "Pekin", have an airy feeling. I can picture producer Luis Bacque trying to choose the tracks for the album and giving up as each of the 15 cuts is with listening to time and again. Open the windows, turn up the music, and smile!
For more information, go to diegourcola.com. The album will be released on September 18, 2020, and can be pre-purchased by going to https://diegourcola.bandcamp.com/album/el-duelo.
Here's the title track:
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In a time when new artists are struggling even harder to be heard, one comes across an album that captures your attention and won't let go. Drummer Raphaël Pannier, born and raised in Paris, France, came to the United States as an 18-year old to study at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, where he came into contact with Terri Lyne Carrington, Ralph Peterson, Jr., Dave Samuels and many others. Upon graduation, he met and toured with pianist Emil Afrasiyab who was leading a group that played a fusion of jazz and the traditional music of Azerbaijan. In 2015, Pannier continued his studies at the Manhattan School of Musisc studying with drummer John Riley as well as doing independent studies with saxophonist Mark Turner and trumpeter Alex Sipiagin. The drummer has earned several awards while performing with saxophonist Steve Wilson, pianist Bob James, guitarist Lage Lund, bassist François Moutin, and pianist Aaron Goldberg.
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Raphaël Pannier does not use his debut album as a leader to show what a great soloist he is. Instead he creates an ensemble–the Raphaël Pannier Quartet–and, with the help of Miguel Zenón and the contributions of the talented musical partners, the music sings with originality, creativity, and joy.
To find out more, go to www.raphaelpannier.com. The album will be released on September 18 2020. It will be available on iTunes plus you can pre-order by going to https://raphaelpannier.bandcamp.com/album/faune.
Here is the excellent interpretation of the Ornette Coleman song: