Oct 23 2016
The newest from pianist Tomás Velázquez has him leading a sextet that comes out strong with half the personnel on saxophones. This kind of scenario can end up where everyone who isn’t on a reed instrument gets lost in the crowd, or, just as unfortunate, a schism could form between the melodic development of one ensemble section and the rhythmic of the other. Thankfully, on Sexteto Índigo, Velázquez guides his sextet to a place where everyone still gets their individual voices heard even though the focus is put on establishing a cohesive unit acting in unison. It’s why the sextet’s thick sound is no obstacle to some seriously free-flowing lyricism, and it’s why the passages of dense harmonies and divergent melodic lines don’t do anything to prevent the music from staying light on its feet.
Your album personnel: Tomás Velázquez (piano, Fender Rhodes), Lucas Goicoechea (alto sax), Nicolás Lowry (tenor sax), Mauricio Deambrosi (tenor sax), Hernán Cassibba (bass) and Axel Filip (drums).
The album is Self-Produced.
Listen to more of the album on the artist’s Bandcamp page.
Jazz from the Buenos Aires, Argentina scene.
Available at: Bandcamp