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Bobby Sanabria MULTIVERSE Big Band to release new recording: “Vox Humana”

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Drummer, percussionist, composer, arranger, bandleader, educator, Bobby Sanabria
Drummer, percussionist, composer, arranger, bandleader, educator, Bobby Sanabria

Celebrating 25 years! The multi-Grammy nominated Bobby Sanabria MULTIVERSE Big Band is set to release their new recording: “Vox Humana” featuring vocalists Janis Siegel, Antoinette Montague, Jennifer Jade Ledesna.

Recorded Live at Dizzy’s Club Cola in NYC
Release Date: Spring 2023
Record Label: Jazzheads

New York – January 18th – On the heels of their Grammy nominated and 2019 Jazz Journalists Association Album of the Year Award winning critically acclaimed masterwork, West Side Story Reimagined, and in celebration of their 25th anniversary – drummer, percussionist, composer, arranger, bandleader, educator, Bobby Sanabria and his Multiverse Big Band return with their most ambitious work to date, VOX HUMANA.

Bobby states, “Over the course of our many Grammy nominated albums we’ve occasionally featured tracks with vocals. But I’ve always envisioned doing an entire vocal album framed by the Multiverse Big Band. Now with three of today’s greatest contemporary singing talents – multi-Grammy award winner Janis Siegel from the Manhattan Transfer, blues and jazz Queen Antoinette Montague, and the multilingual powerhouse, Jennifer Jade Ledesna, today that vision has finally become a reality.

The individually distinct voices that Janis, Antoinette, and Jennifer possess make them each unique. But the X factor they all have is they are all masterful improvisors in the best sense of the jazz tradition. Added to the mix is our great conguero, Oreste Abrantes, who also sings lead on two tracks. Having that multi- dimensional vocal talent framed by the power, nuance, and tonal variety that only a big band can provide, combined with the repertoire I’ve chosen to showcase them and the band and the incredible variety of Afro- Latin, straight ahead swing, funk, R&B, and rock rhythmic vocabulary that we are masters of and readily have at our disposal in the Multiverse, I believe VOX HUMANA will prove to be our greatest achievement. 

Bobby Sanabria MULTIVERSE Big Band: "Vox Humana"
Bobby Sanabria MULTIVERSE Big Band: “Vox Humana”

That repertoire has a personal meaning to me as I see VOX HUMANA as a biographical work. I’m a product of my environment. I’m a Nuyorican, a person of Puerto Rican descent growing up in New York City. In my case the South Bronx during a time period when pop, jazz, R&B, rock, funk, and Latin music of all kinds all co-existed as equals. It was the last era when the big bands of masters like Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Buddy Rich, Machito, Tito Puente, Tito Rodriguez, Don Ellis, and more were in the public eye, and they became my heroes. Vocalists who could deliver a message with subtlety, nuance, and when needed, power, were called upon to deliver poetry crafted by genius song writers. You’ll hear all that and more through the soaring vocals and improv talents of Janis, Antoinette, and Jennifer, along with Oreste, as well as the incredible jazz-oriented arrangements and exciting Pan Afro-Latin rhythms played by a big band that literally takes no prisoners when it hits the stage.”

The repertoire Bobby speaks of includes 1 original and 12 unique re-workings of pop hits like Spooky, Christine Aguilera’s Genie In a Bottle, and Steely Dan’s Do It Again; NEA Jazz Master Eddie Palmieri’s, Mi Congo and Puerto Rico along with the island’s greatest composer, Rafael Hernandez’s, Capullito De Aleli; the classic Joe Cuba R&B bolero, To Be With You; Brazilian standards Partido Alto and Amazonas; and from the world of Broadway theater, I Love You Porgy, and the iconic jump blues, Let The Good Times Roll. The CD also includes an original message bearing piece, Who Taught You That, as well as what may possibly be the most exciting interpretation of the Ellington associated classic, Caravan, and that has ever been recorded. 

Adding to the excitement of the performance, VOX HUMANA was recorded in front of a live audience. Bobby states, “As with our previous work, we recorded VOX HUMANA live at NYC’s Dizzy’s Club Coca – Cola. My musicians represent NYC’s finest. That means they’re the greatest in the world. The added level of excitement created by the audience inspired us in the MULTIVERSE Big Band to a heightened new level of performance virtuosity that listeners will hear explode out of the speakers just as the audience at Dizzy’s experienced in person.”

The history of the Bobby Sanabria MULTIVERSE Big Band is indeed one based on his rich multi-cultural heritage as a Nuyorican growing up in New York City’s South Bronx. His concept of having a big band that has no genre boundaries with limitless possibilities was forged 25 years ago back in 1998. It has yielded a series of groundbreaking, critically acclaimed albums that have all been Grammy-nominated with the band thrilling audiences worldwide at venues like the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, The Ravinia Festival, Verona Jazz Festival in Europe, and more.

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Julian Gutierrez To Release His Second Album: “Goldstream”

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Pianist, Composer, Arranger Julian Gutierrez

Montreal, January 7, 2023 – Julian Gutierrez reinforces his ambition with the Julian Gutierrez’s Project by launching a second physical album, Goldstream on February 9, 2023. Moving between the borders of jazz and Latin music, this virtuoso pianist of Cuban origin makes his mark by offering a second opus totally in your image.

The artist invites the press to the launch of his physical album Goldstream on February 9, at 7:30 pm, which will be held at the Salle Émile-Legault in a warm atmosphere, to better immerse themselves in his music so festive.

“This project is the realization of hard work that began during my doctoral studies. As much in terms of composition, harmonic and melodic research as in terms of interpretation. My album Goldstream is part of a series of projects close to my heart. Modal jazz, Latin jazz and pieces arranged with a big band formation. Another great source of inspiration for me is nature, both the landscapes of my homeland of Cuba, and the beauty and poetry that emanate from the landscapes of Canada, my host country. The blaze of colors on Mount Orford in Estrie, the Goldstream salmon river in Victoria, British Columbia, among others. I am very happy to have collaborated with exceptional musicians who helped me convey my vision and my music. Thank you all!” – Julian Gutierrez

Julian Gutierrez's Project: Goldstream
Julian Gutierrez’s Project: Goldstream

Goldstream is a bold project resulting from several collaborations, a project whose rhythmic base is composed of Julian Gutierrez on piano, compositions, and arrangements; Jean-François Martel on electric bass, and arrangements; Eugenio “Kiko” Osorio on congas, and percussion; as well as Axel Bonnaire on drums. Some of the most flamboyant collaborations include Joao Lenhari on flugelhorn and trumpet in the pieces Adaptate and Polymita; Jean-Pierre Zanella on soprano and alto saxophones in Colores, Polymita, and Piloto automatico; Guillaume Carpentier on tenor saxophone in Goldstream, and Flamingo cubano; Muhamed Abdoul Al Khabir, solo trombonist, in Caminando. Lastly, let’s not forget, on trumpets, Dominic Rossi and Maxime Béchard-Pelletier; on alto and tenor saxophones, Guillaume Carpentier; and, on trombone and euphonium, Mathieu Tarlo and Jean-Philippe Dutil.

About Julian Gutierrez: Julian Gutierrez is originally from Holguín, Cuba where he received an academic musical education of the highest level possible. He is the heir to a family musical tradition. At the start of his professional career, he toured Europe, Mexico and the United States with the group Mezcla, then arrived in Quebec in 2001. He earned a bachelor’s degree in jazz from the University of Sherbrooke, then a master’s degree and a doctorate in jazz. at Laval University, which immersed him in the musical reality of Quebec, making him friends with many of his musicians from the world of jazz. He shared the stage with Jean-Pierre Zanella, Paul Brochu, Alain Labrosse, Mohamed Abdoul Al Khabir, Jacek Kochan among others. He meets Jean-François Martel (originally from Victoriaville) Axel Bonnaire (originally from Guadeloupe) and Eugenio ‘Kiko’ Osorio master percussionist of Cuban origin and plunges back into Jazz with constantly renewed pleasure. The sound of Julian Gutierrez’s project is at the crossroads of modernity and tradition, spiced with a hint of what is called the “Gran Caribe”.

YouTube Video – Julian Gutierrez’s Project: Goldstream

Rhythmic base musicians:
Julian Gutierrez: piano, compositions and arrangements
Jean-François Martel: electric bass and arrangements
Eugenio ‘’Kiko’’ Osorio: congas and percussions
Axel Bonnaire: drums

Guess artists:
Joao Lenhari: flugelhorn and trumpet on Adaptate et Polymita
Jean-Pierre Zanella: saxophones soprano and alto on Colores and Polymita and on Piloto automatico
Guillaume Carpentier: saxophone tenor on Goldstream and on Flamingo cubano
Muhamed Abdoul Al Khabir trombone solo on Caminando

Musicians on Caminando & Flamingo Cubano:
Trumpets: Dominic Rossi and Maxime Béchard-Pelletier
Saxophones alto, ténor Guillaume Carpentier
Trombone & Euphonium: Mathieu Tarlo & Jean-Philippe Dutil

Mix & Mastering: Dany Roy.

Production: Dany Roy, Julian Gutierrez, Vincent Martel WWW.VERSION10.CA

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