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Dave Bass: La Mulata Rumbera (No Boundaries)

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On his album No Boundaries (Whaling City Sound) pianist, composer Dave Bass features two-time Grammy winner Ted Nash (flute, alto flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, soprano sax, alto sax, tenor sax), five-time Grammy nominee Karrin Allyson (vocals), and two-time Grammy winner Carlos Henriquez (bass).  Jerome Jennings is on drums. On the Afro-Cuban tunes, three great Cuban musicians join on batá, conga, bongo, guiro and timbales: Mauricio Herrera, Miguel Valdés, and two-time Latin Grammy winner Carlos Caro.

“The title – and music – suggests there are no boundaries between Jazz styles of music and Latin ones. On the music of No Boundaries the eminent pianist Dave Bass navigates the worlds of musical styles – from swing to Bebop and danzón to tango – moving easily between them and often blurring the very lines that some would suggest separate them.

Dave Bass, his fluid pianism, together with the extraordinary musicianship of Ted Nash and the rest of the ensemble is most affecting, suggesting that – indeed – there is no real boundary between the music of the world, just gloriously stylistically idiosyncratic ways to express the joy of song and dance.

As we expect from Mr Bass, everything sounds natural and inevitable. Ego doesn’t come into it: rather he acts as a conduit between music and listener with a purity that few can emulate (I am put in mind of Danilo Pérez). Ah yes, ‘intellectual’ pianists, I hear someone say. But to describe these figures as merely ‘intellectual’ could be to miss the whole humanity of their playing.” – Raul da Gama

Latin Jazz Network is a project dedicated to the advancement of Latin jazz and its creators. Since 2000 LJN has been spreading the word about this wonderful music known under the umbrella term: LATIN JAZZ.

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Grant Richards’ Live Performance of “Ballyhoo”

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Grant Richards – a pianist deeply immersed in bebop and the blues – leads his music in a bold
and emergent new direction with Ballyhoo, an Afro-Cuban celebration of a previously unspoken
dream, finally realized in a tangible elation of musicianship, culture, and unbridled wonder.
Richards, like the great jazz composers throughout history, wrote the music on Ballyhoo not for
generic instruments, but for the specific and unique musical personalities of the musicians in his
ensemble.

Ballyhoo is the title track from my new album, my first excursion into Latin jazz, combining
many elements that get me out of my comfort zone like intricate grooves, odd keys, and the
necessity for precise execution,” Richards shares. “The title implies an excited commotion and
with the crisp performance by my bandmates Damian Erskine, Reinhardt Melz, and Carmelo
Torres
, I think this track embodies the exuberance and playfulness I intended for the project as a
whole.”

Album cover - Grant Richards: Ballyhoo
Album cover – Grant Richards: Ballyhoo

What is Ballyhoo? The word embodies sensation, animation and enthusiasm, and the record at
its core presents all of the same. Ballyhoo was released on September 24, 2021.

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