OMAR PUENTE CUBAN JAZZ SEXTET
OMAR PUENTE - violin, AL MCSWEEN - piano, JIMMY MARTINEZ - bass, MICHEL CASTELLANOS - drums & FLAVIO CORREA - percussion! + Guest vocals - CAROLINE LOFTUS
Superlative Cuban jazz violinist, Puente has worked with the likes of Courtney Pine and Denys Baptiste and appears here with his own hard-driving, rhythmically lithe band. Born in Santiago de Cuba, Puente learned his love of violin from his father. As a student at Santiago’s finest music school, Omar studied classical music under world-renowned professors, however, at night he would hide in Santiago’s dark, smoky passages to listen to - and be inspired by - legendary trovadores Compay Segundo and Eliades Ochoa, in a bid to truly explore his Cuban heritage. It is this unique fusion of classical technique and Cuban rhythms that makes Puente’s music so bewitching and he appears here with a superb band featuring long-time collaborator Mitchell on piano.
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