TRIO JAZZ BRAZIL — February 9, 2013; 9pm (1 set)
Mark Weinstein, flutes; Paul Meyer, guitar; Vanderlei Pereira, percussion.
Hat City Kitchen
459 Valley Street
City of Orange, NJ 07050
“If you are one that thinks “delicate” when they hear ‘flute,’ forget that. Weinstein’s approach is full-bodied and surging and loaded with swagger and swing.”
– Mark Keresman, Jazz Improv
“Mark Weinstein…a man rightfully viewed as a leading light in the world of Latin jazz.”
– Dan Bilawsky, allaboutjazz.com
The good news is that the Latin Jazz Category has been reinstated thanks to the efforts of a number of musicians on the East Coast (Bobby Sanabria, Ben Lapidus ) and West Coast (John Santos, Mark Levine) as well as many others across the country.
My latest recording El Cumbanchero with arrangements by Aruan Ortiz is in the running for the first round of nominations. I hope you will go to my myspace page to check out the music and vote for it as Best Latin Jazz recording.
EL CUMBANCHERO for the Best Latin Jazz Album, category 35, #045.
“It’s hard to walk into a style with a clearly defined lineage of great instrumentalists and then try to bring your own voice to the forefront. While the flute has plenty of space for creative interpretation in the jazz world, the role of the instrument has been spelled out through years of history in the Cuban charanga orchestra. When Mark Weinstein brought together the Cuban charanga with jazz improvisation, he faced the responsibility of respecting the instrument’s long history in the music while asserting his personality. Weinstein certainly isn’t a newcomer to blending jazz ideals with thick Cuban traditions – his ground breaking album Cuban Roots brought jazz into the world of Santeria rhythms. Armed with gorgeously intricate arrangements from pianist Aruán Ortiz, Weinstein delivered a memorable performance that brought the best of the two musics together in a highly artistic blend.”
– Chip Boaz