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This Album Is Incredible!

This is a debut album, but it is clear that Bill Ortiz has been making music for a long time. On this album the listener will be treated to an amazing mix of Neo-Soul, R&B and some urban Jazz. It is a wonderful showcase of Bill's playing as well as composing. Simply 5 stars! Enjoy!

From Where I Stand is incredible!

There is so much for music fans to enjoy on this album. Bill is a truly incredible trumpet player and this album is proof (as if followers of Santana needed any). Everyone should do themselves a favor and buy this record!

Ortiz Is All over The Place Musically!

This cat is all over the place musically and he does it all very well playing the flugelhorn, trumpet, keyboards, then adds sampling and drum programming for good measure. I also appreciated the way Ortiz gave a generous sample of what he could do strictly instrumentally and then with lyrics. He deals out a full house in every aspect.

The opening track “Ayejaye” is a great way to kickoff the recording. The track is funky, smooth and lively, giving the listener a soft comfy musical chair to kick back in to get ready for everything that is about to happen next. Hats off to John “Jubu” Smith for nailing it with some great guitar breaks adding some twangy wah-wah effects in between Ortiz’s inviting flugelhorn and trumpet. It is a standout track and one of many that keep your interest throughout this CD. “I Still Believe” takes an entirely different road with some thought provoking lyrics about our world to close down the show.

Those are just two examples of an album that is a reflection of our world today culturally and musically. From Where I Stand this CD could not possibly offer the jazz listener with an ear to the ground listening for fresh new indie sounds more on one album.

Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck

From Where I Stand, Bill Ortiz
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: R&B/Soul, Music
  • Released: Jul 15, 2009

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