Academic journal article Notes

Pensando En Ti

Academic journal article Notes

Pensando En Ti

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Roger Davidson. Pensando en ti. Soundbrush SR1008, 2006.

North American jazz musicians have long had a fascination with the rhythms of Latin America, whether they be the sinuous bossa nova sounds of Brazil or the various strains of Afro-Cuban jazz (especially son) that were popularized in the United States by Dizzy Gillespie and others shortly following the bebop revolution. But for some reason the bolero has never been as widely represented in the American jazz tradition. Pianist and composer Roger Davidson does his part to redress that lack on this charming, if ultimately slightly disappointing, set of boleros and rumbas. The charm of Pensando en ti catches the listener immediately: Davidson's septet (which includes drummer Ignacio Berroa, an acknowledged master of the bolero) plays expertly and with evident delight, accentuating the romantic throb of these rhythms and tastefully subordinating solos in the service of the melodies. …

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