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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
Gabriel Reyes
b.1979
guitar
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, American Kurt Rosenwinkel
Kurt Rosenwinkel
Kurt Rosenwinkel
b.1970
guitar
, and Israeli Gilad Hekselman
Gilad Hekselman
Gilad Hekselman
b.1983
guitar
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
Joshua Redman
Joshua Redman
b.1969
saxophone
's and Reyes has assimilated jazz guitar from Wes Montgomery
Wes Montgomery
Wes Montgomery
1925 - 1968
guitar
to John Scofield
John Scofield
John Scofield
b.1951
guitar
. 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


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