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Album Review

Luis Perdomo's time as an accompanist to Ravi Coltrane has served him well, introducing this very fine young yet experienced player to modern jazz audiences. He's impressive as a modal player with energy and chops to burn, but during this trio effort shows a sensitive side, while not opting for tame or watered-down mainstream jazz. Bassist Hans Glawischnig and drummer Eric McPherson are both quite capable players who also understand how to turn the volume down just a touch in order to find balance and symmetry. The Venezuelan-born, N.Y.C.-based Perdomo is also an accomplished composer, writing five of the 11 selections, while choosing three others out of a Latin-based grab bag and interpreting three well-known standards. Enjoying his stentorian options to extend his remarks on familiar melodies, the pianist really stretches out on the waltz bop version of Kurt Weill's "Speak Low," skating around it in implied phrases. The talented pianist digs right into a solo version of Bud Powell's difficult "Oblivion," and reads "Almost Like Being In Love" straight-forward with the trio. He's picked some relatively unknown heritage material like "Piensa en Mi" and "Chimanta," the former a slow but not still ballad, the latter a modal spirit song that's putty in his hands. Of his originals, "Unexpected" sports many twists and turns, starting out sounding like "A Night in Tunisia" in 10/8 time, and moving to dazzling multiple made-up lines. "Shine" is another indirect improvised concept in cascading and free, peaceful motifs; "Fulia Chant" is in 6/8 with the drum brushings of McPherson; and "Slap" is a piano and bass with drum exchange, a post-bop swinger that is elusive rhythmically. Of the many piano-bass-drums jazz trio recordings that tumble into the marketplace year after year, this one is notable and a standout from the crowd. If you enjoy peer-group pianists like Danny Grissett, Gerald Clayton, and Taylor Eigsti, you'll gravitate toward the ever-evolving and emerging talent of Luis Perdomo — one to keep an eye and ear on over the upcoming decades. ~ Michael G. Nastos, Rovi


Born: 19 February 1971 in Caracas, Venezuela

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Based in New York City but originally from Venezuela, Luis Perdomo is an acoustic post-bop pianist whose playing has been directly or indirectly influenced by Chick Corea, McCoy Tyner, Keith Jarrett, Bill Evans and Herbie Hancock, among others. Although Perdomo comes from a Latin American country, his compositions aren't the type of straight-up Afro-Cuban jazz one associates with Tito Puente, Cal Tjader, Machito or Poncho Sanchez; nonetheless, there are subtle hints of Latin and Caribbean music in...
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