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. Continue reading