ARUÁN OR­TIZ

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Cuban­ism

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When it comes to solo pi­ano, it can take a bit of dig­ging these days to un­earth any pre­vi­ously undis­cov­ered trea­sure, but Cuban-born, New York-res­i­dent pi­anist Aruán Or­tiz drills down into his own her­itage – one that in­cludes var­i­ous Cuban folko­ric tra­di­tions as well as no­table pi­ano soloists like Chu­cho Valdés and Gon­zalo Rubal­caba – and up gushes Cuban­ism, a well­spring of fresh ideas and mys­te­ri­ous at­mos­pheres. Or­tiz shares with those other Cuban greats a glee­ful de­light in the pos­si­bil­i­ties of the in­stru­ment, but there is also a con­trolled, more ur­bane ab­strac­tion at work here. The al­bum ti­tle is a ref­er­ence to Or­tiz’s con­cep­tion of mul­ti­ple mu­si­cal viewpoints, which also places the tal­ented 44-year-old Cuban in the lin­eage of Paul Bley and An­drew Hill. aruan-or­tiz.com

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