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Album Review

This CD is a real gem. The great Afro-Cuban pianist Hilario Duran is joined by Jane Bunnett (on flute and soprano), trumpeter Larry Cramer, a string quartet, bassist Roberto Occhipinti, drummer Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez, and Rodolfo Valdes Terry on congs. In addition to the originals, it is particularly intriguing hearing such unlikely material as Billy Strayhorn's "U.M.M.G.," the beautiful "Autumn Nocturne," "Like Someone in Love," and "Harlem Nocturne" turned into stirring Latin music. The solos are consistently exciting and the ensembles are difficult to resist, making this Duran's strongest solo date yet.

Biography

Genre: Latin Jazz

Years Active: '90s

Pianist Hilario Durán was born in 1953 in Havana, Cuba. He was naturally influenced by the greats of Cuban piano music like Ernesto Lecuona, Frank Emilio Flynn, and Peruchin. He studied and graduated from the revered Amadeo Roldan Music Institute in Havana, which has boasted fellow graduates Chucho Valdés, Paquito d'Rivera, and Gonzalo Rubalcaba. Durán also studied the tumbao with Evaristo Aparicio, composition and conducting with Germán Piferrer, and orchestral techniques with Guillermo Barreto....
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Habana Nocturna, Hilario Duran
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  • 8,91 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Latino
  • Released: 15 June 1999

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