El Movimiento -|- The Movement – [Nueva Nota Records, 2010]
El Movimiento (The Movement) has quickly become a sensation in Nashville’s jazz scene, boasting an all-star collection of Music City’s finest Latin-jazz performers. The band’s powerful and original sound and original repertoire are the result of a unique multi-cultural partnership between a trio of accomplished young musicians – saxophonist and native Nashvillian Rahsaan Barber, Dominican percussionist Giovanni Rodriguez, and Puerto-Rican trumpeter Imer Santiago.
“Elmo”, as the band has come to be known by its fans, has, even since its very beginnings, been committed to both building on the heritage passed on by traditional Latin-jazz giants (such as Tito Puente and Eddie Palmieri) and also to incorporating the contemporary influences of modern jazz, rock and other popular American styles. The result of these two pursuits is a unique musical expression capable of satisfying both die-hard fans of Latin-jazz as well as enchanting a younger generation of listeners who are more familiar with the newer sounds of contemporary jazz, soul music and Latin pop.
El Movimiento’s roster features seven musicians who share a global approach to music-making, yielding an exciting, contemporary and jazz-influenced exploration into the music of North and South America, Brazil, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and, of course, Africa, a land whose historic contribution to world music simply cannot be overstated. Having completed three four-month stints of weekly shows in Tennessee, the band has now entered the process of producing its first CD, scheduled for release in late 2009. This newest phase of the band’s development has generated an even higher level of excellence in the septet’s original compositions and live performances. ..
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