Artist: Alexey Leon
Genre: World, Latin Jazz
Release Date: 2021
Audio Format: FLAC (tracks) 24bit, 48 kHz
Total Tracks: 10
Total Size: 595 MB
02. Alexey Leon – De la Habana a Moscu (07:00)
03. Alexey Leon – Influenciado (03:45)
04. Alexey Leon – La Ceiba (Intro) (00:59)
05. Alexey Leon – La Ceiba (05:09)
06. Alexey Leon – Kiev Station Blues (04:48)
07. Alexey Leon – Guarachando (06:24)
08. Alexey Leon – Ya Voy (07:36)
09. Alexey Leon – The Way you look tonight (05:58)
10. Alexey Leon – Noche de Carnaval (03:30)
Due to its harmonic structure, “Influenciado”, the title track, recalls the world-renowned standard of maestro Chucho Valdés, “Mambo Influenciado”, which represents the crossbreeding of the Cuban jazz. Inspired by the Masters’ work, Alexey created an original composition, which preserves the structure of the minor blues, with nods to the “Mambo Influenciado” and some more dissonant harmonic changes.
To interpret this music, León is accompanied by a group of outstanding Cuban jazzmen. At the piano, Caramelo de Cuba (Celia Cruz, Dave Valentin, Paquito D’Rivera and many more). In the rhythm section, Georvis Pico, Pedro Pablo Rodríguez and Reinier Elizarde el Negrón (the trio completes the Chucho Valdés Quartet). The trumpet is masterly performed by multiple Grammy and Latin Grammy Award winner Carlos Sarduy (Chucho Valdés, Irakére, Esperanza Spalding, Concha Buica, Richard Bona). The recordings also features one of the most renown Spanish drummers, Marc Miralta (Pat Metheny, Mark Turner, Avishai Cohen).
The album, deeply rooted in the Cuban musical tradition and the contemporary jazz, symbolizes Alexey’s evolution as a musician and as a human being, reflecting his constant search for personal and musical identity. The music on this tight and effortlessly performed album transmits exuberant energy of the two inexhaustible sources of inspiration: the Cuban music and jazz. It is a contemporary classic!