Greetings beloved jazz enthusiast, it’s great to be on this gorgeous yet chilli Saturday afternoon. Today, I’m thrilled to share with you one of the best Latin Jazz recordings from last year by a wonderfully gifted trombonist, composer and arranger named Luis Bonilla and his latest offering “TWILIGHT.” Not long ago, my friend Chris sent this to me but somehow neglect caused me to over look this gem. Nonetheless, shame on me but I finally have the appropriate time to spend with “TWILIGHT” … and “WOW” timing is everything what a joy it is to listen to this fabulous music by Luis Bonilla for the first time! If you dig Latin Jazz with style, finesse with a lasting woo factor this is the joint jump on it! —Rob Young | The Urban Flux
Luis Bonilla -][- TWILIGHT -(MP3)- [Planet Arts, 2010]
If ever an artist could be called an octopus, Luis Bonilla is it. The California raised, Costa Rican trombonist, composer and arranger has sought out, taken in and mastered an incredible array of musical styles. His success as a sideman with such greats as McCoy Tyner, Dizzy Gillespie, Lester Bowie, Tom Harrell, Freddie Hubbard, Astrud Gilberto, Willie Colon and Toshiko Akiyoshi attests not only to the skill and variety of Bonilla’s talent, but also to a mind restlessly committed to exploring some of the most complex and demanding music of our time.
Yet there is nothing rarefied about the Bonilla experience. He has worked as a studio musician with Tony Bennett, Marc Anthony, La India and Mary J. Blige and understands and exploits the liveliness of pop as well as the rhythmic sway and punch of Latin Jazz. Currently a member of the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra under Arturo O’Farrill’s direction (both 2009 Grammy winners) and Dave Douglas’s latest group (Dave Douglas & Brass Ecstasy), Bonilla is one of those rare artists whose work is always expanding, taking in more and more while remaining singular and focused: “Bonilla may be a trombonist used to handling that big long sliding thing, but when it comes to execution of his ideas, he lets nothing slide” (All About Jazz).
..:: SOURCE: Trombonilla.com ::..