ARUAN OR­TIZ

Cuban Noc­turne (Newvelle Records NV011LP)

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The lat­est in Newvelle Records’ subscription-based re­leases on 180-gram vinyl is this one from Cuban pi­anist Aruan Or­tiz. The ti­tle track is the theme from Ben Chace’s film Sin Alas. In try­ing to em­u­late the melan­cholic song that haunts the film’s main char­ac­ter, Or­tiz cre­ates a reverie-tinged noc­turne us­ing a tango rhythm with his left hand and a Caribbean groove with his right. His un­canny abil­ity to ex­pand the mu­sic with­out over­shad­ow­ing the core essence of the song con­struc­tion is im­pres­sive. He then plays Tres Lin­das (An­to­nio Maria Romeu), Fred­eric Mom­pou’s eerie Mu­sica Cal­lada, and three in­ter­pre­ta­tions of works by Ig­na­cio Cer­vantes. Cuban Noc­turne is both a tes­ta­ment to Aruan Or­tiz’s mu­si­cian­ship and an his­tor­i­cal trib­ute to Cuban clas­si­cal mu­sic. The vinyl press­ing is ex­cel­lent, with no dis­tor­tion or rum­ble and the record­ing has the pi­ano miked to cap­ture both the per­cus­sive and the ten­der pi­ano tonal­i­ties.

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