Oriente López  - Aguas Profundas
Written by Debra C. Argen   
Oriente Lopez - Aquas Profundas Instrumental Jazz lovers will want to add Oriente López - Aguas Profundas (Deep Waters), a stunningly vibrant 13-track instrumental Latin Jazz release featuring the Oriente López Trio Oriente López, Itaiguara Brandão, and Mauricio Zottarelli, joined by special guests Paquito D'Rivera Luis Felipe Lamoglia, Hendrik Meurkens, and Romero Lubambo, to their collections.

 

 

Oriente Lopez - Aguas Profundas

 

Oriente López  - Aguas Profundas   

 

Oriente López - Aguas Profundas: Centro Habana, Aguas Profundas, AEIOU, Hurry Up, Chase, Congoja, Carrusel, Midtown Waltz, Sabor Intelectual, Wait, SOS, Tornado, Umbral  

 

Oriente López Trio "Plan B" Personnel: Oriente López: piano, keyboards, flutes, accordion, vocals, Itaiguara Brandão: electric bass, Mauricio Zottarelli: drums and percussion, Special Guests: Paquito D'Rivera: alto sax and clarinet, Luis Felipe Lamoglia on tenor sax, Hendrik Meurkens on harmonica, and Romero Lubambo on guitar.   

 

Oriente López wrote all the music for Aguas Profundas, as well as produced it for OHL Music.  

 

For those not familiar with the talented Oriente López , as a way of introduction, we had the pleasure of experiencing him play at the Southampton Arts Center  in Southampton, New York with Nilson Matta's Brazilian Voyage  in late March 2017 where he played with Nilson and Mauricio Zottarelli, who plays on Aguas Profundas,  and were impressed with his mastery and style on both piano and flute. In addition to being a musician, he is also a musical director, composer, arranger, producer, and multi-Grammy winner (2004 - Land Of The Sun with Charlie Haden and Gonzolo Rubalcaba, and 2001 - Paquito D'Rivera Quintet Live at The Blue Note with Paquito D'Rivera), he won an ASCAP plus USA award for composing from 2000 - 2011, and received the EGREM award from Cuba for two 1988 recordings, Eclipse de Sol with Afrocuba, and Causas Y Azares with Silvio Rodriguez and Afrocuba. 

 

The 13-track release opens with the lively Centro Habana featuring the legendary 14-Grammy award winner, Paquito D'Rivera on alto sax joining Oriente, Itaiguara Brandão, and Mauricio Zottarelli. Next in the line-up is the title track, Aguas Profundas with special guest, Brazilian Jazz guitarist, Romero Lubambo working his magic, and Oriente playing both piano and flute on this amazing track that flows effortlessly, then segues into the song AEIOU where special guest Henrik Meurkens layers in the harmonica.   

 

Drum enthusiasts will appreciate Mauricio Zottarelli's long drum solo on Hurry Up, followed by the track, Chase where once again Romero Lubambo joins the trio and blends in his guitar rhythms. The release continues with the track Congoja, a perfect vehicle to highlight Oriente López 's exceptionally fine piano work. Carrusel is just the trio and that is more than enough to create a dynamic piece, and on Midtown Waltz, Henrick Meurkens returns to add harmonica.   

 

The release continues with Sabor Intelectual, which translates from Spanish to Intellectual Flavor, which indeed it is, with Cuban-born Paquito D'Rivera on clarinet, Cuban-born Oriente López on piano, and Brazilians Romero Lubambo on guitar, Itaiguara Brandão on electric bass, and Mauricio Zottarelli on drums and percussion. The track Wait once again features the core trio.  

 

SOS opens with special guest Luis Felipe Lamoglia layering in the tenor sax, then the trio finishes strongly with the track, Tornado, and the closing track Umbral, which slows the pace, and brings the listener down gently to reflect and catch one's breath on this masterfully crafted release. From start to finish, Aguas Profundas is like a long, cool drink of water on a hot day; completely satisfying.   

 

For information on Oriente López and upcoming performances, please visit the website: www.OrienteLopez .com   

 

Website where you can procure Oriente López - Aguas Profundas:.  www.CDBaby.com 

 

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