I'd like to encourage you all to get Gerson Orjuela's new recording "G6". I feel very proud of this group, who most of them are friends of mine, because they're young Puerto Rican musicians that not too long ago graduated from the Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico, and even some of them were still students there when this recording was made. For me, the fact that these young men and women learned how to play good jazz in Puerto Rico, music that obviously is not native of that island, means a lot. There are some that criticize the jazz education system at the institutional level, but there's no doubt that thanks to that system, one that continues to expand internationally, (although unfortunately for me it didn't exist there when I was a college student), now a days it has exposed many young musicians and even the general public to this genre, and musicians like the ones that participated on "G6" are proof of that, and thanks to musicians like them, jazz and modern instrumental music on the island are being performed at a very high level.
"G6" is not the only recording of this kind that has been made in P.R. in recent years, there have been many other great ones, but "G6" is undoubtedly one of my favorites. With so many good players in P.R. it is not difficult to make a good record, but "G6" in my opinion stands out for its awesome compositions. With this recording, Gerson Orjuela, who by the way is a drummer, positions himself as one of the best composers of instrumental music on the island, although these awesome compositions wouldn't have sounded this great without the spectacular contributions of Johnnathan Suazo on alto saxophone, Janice Marie Maisonet on tenor saxophone, Melissa Fragoso on vocals, Bienvenido Dinzey and Alexandra Rivera on piano, Bryan Perez-Cerón on bass and Alberto Josué Rosado on guitar. Congratulations guys!