CD review, SATORI, by Hrayr Attarian, All About Jazz

Gabriel Reyes: Satori (2013)

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Published: June 10, 2013

Chilean guitarist Gabriel Reyes’ second release as a leader,Satori brims with the visceral effervescence of soul-jazz within the framework of sophisticated and stylish orchestration. The eight Reyes originals that comprise the album are intricately penned with ample room for the individual sextet members to express their spontaneous creativity.

Reyes’ emotive unaccompanied guitar serenade opens “El 5,” the funk-infused workout that follows features the rhythm section’s infectious vamps supporting a chorus of guitar and horns. Out of this basic sonic pattern emerges saxophonist Claudio Rubio’s warm and clear tenor as he winds a tight, passionate and intelligent improvisation around the melody. Drummer Nicolás Ríos’ exciting and colorful polyrhythms burst to the surface in a thrilling solo egged on by pianist Sergio Valenzuela’s sparse, musical alliterations.

The Zen like “Musubi” has an undulating lilt, which Valenzuela’s melodic lines punctuate before launching into a romantic, shimmering sonata. His laid back pianism unfolds over a complex harmonic structure adding a contemplative edge to it. Trumpeter Derek Bittner’s mellow and muted tone meanders over the percolating cadence of his band mates in a poetic and nocturnesque exploration.

In addition to being a consummate composer and arranger Reyes manifests his prowess and versatility as an instrumentalist. On the title track his stormy and intriguing electrifying guitar work channels strong rock sensibilities. The darkly hued, spiritual piece rests on a stirring tonal framework of bassist Alonso Durán’s angular, complex virtuosic pizzicato and Ríos’ primal rumbling drums. Elsewhere Reyes brings an earthy touch with his slow simmering strings to the provocative “Enereo” that ends in a delightfully atonal group-play. Meanwhile a cool, guitaristGrant Green influenced, bluesy eloquence is the hallmark of his ad lib playing on the wistful “Spok.” Durán’s lyrical and resonant bass adds a pensive romanticism to the tune.

With this recording Reyes demonstrates his remarkable and singular skills as a well-rounded musician. Together with his highly sympathetic and accomplished sidemen he has produced an enthralling and sublime work that will stand the test of time.

Track Listing: Spok; Apis; Satori; Musubi; El 5; Porcina; Noctiluca; Enero.

Personnel: Gabriel Reyes: guitar; Claudio Rubio: tenor saxophone; Derek Bittner: trumpet; Sergio Valenzuela: piano and keyboards; Alonso Durán: bass; Nicolás Ríos: drums.

Record Label: Discos Pendiente
Style: Modern Jazz

CD Review, SATORI, by Mark Corroto

Amig@s

Acaba de publicarse un comentario de mi disco SATORI en la página All About Jazz, escrito por el crítico Mark Corroto. Los invito a leerlo!!! Acá lo comparto:

Gabriel Reyes Trebol: Satori (2013)

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Finding a gem in the crowded jazz world is always a pleasure. When that jewel comes from the Southern hemisphere, due consideration must be made. Although the album’s title is a Japanese Buddhist term Satori, the orator is Chilean and the language is modern jazz.

Guitarist Gabriel Reyes from Santiago follows his debut quartet recording Trébol (Vertice Records, 2008) with this sextet session, adding trumpeter Derek Bittner and saxophonist Claudio Rubio to his Trébol band of Sergio Valenzuela (piano), Alonso Durán (contrabass), and Nicolás Ríos (drums).

Reyes is a skilled guitarist and composer, but the highlight here is the arrangements. He weaves each composition with a deft attention to group interplay. Like his contemporary peers, AmericanKurt Rosenwinkel, and Israeli Gilad Hekselman he presides over both a group and his individual sound. He can cut open a tune like “El 5,” which begins as an electric solo, then Valenzuela’s piano shadows Reyes as the entire sextet joins. The groove is taken from rock, but the soul is jazz. Rubio’s saxophone could be mistaken for Joshua Redman’s and Reyes has assimilated jazz guitar from Wes Montgomery to John Scofield. He takes liberties with bits of electronics on “Enero” playing some out loud guitar to counter Bittner’s trumpet and Rubio’s saxophone. The shortish piece begs for an extended live version.

Elsewhere, the electric funkiness of “Porcina” is disguised as a fusion piece, but it is also a well-tailored jazz composition. “Musubi” opens with a dark, black keys tone, interlacing horns and pacing this bluesy ballad. The title track skirts the same line, with Reyes providing the fireworks. He turns the volume up, making the most of his controlled yet clamorous sound.

Track Listing: Spok; Apis; Satori; Musubi; El 5; Porcina; Noctiluca; Enero.

Personnel: Gabriel Reyes: guitar; Claudio Rubio: saxophones; Derek Bittner: trumpet; Sergio Valenzuela: piano, keyboards; Alonso Durán: contrabass; Nicolás Ríos: drums.

Record Label: Discos Pendiente
Style: Modern Jazz

Lanzamiento Segundo Disco Gabriel Reyes TREBOL

Amig@s

El Jueves 13 de Diciembre tendremos el placer de lanzar nuestro segundo disco, esta vez bajo el alero de Discos Pendiente, en Thelonious, lugar de Jazz. Para este concierto contaremos con: Claudio Rubio en saxo, Derek Bittner en trompeta, Lautaro Quevedo en piano, Alonso Durán en contrabajo, Nicolás Ríos en batería y yo en guitarra.

No falten a este especial concierto en que mostraremos el trabajo hecho con tanto cariño y esfuerzo… SATORI.