“What this quartet effectively does, is to merge Andean folk, North Indian classical,
Latin and jazz with an organic feel that also packs a wallop! The ensemble’s razor
sharp precision is enhanced by its jazzy interludes, lightly rumbling percussion motifs
and difficult to navigate, time signatures. They effectively meld the music of ancient
worlds and faraway places with a contemporary groove. Ultimately, this wonderful
outing signifies one of the major surprises of the year! (Passionately recommended)”
ALL ABOUT JAZZ
“the most unique aspect of the group, is their ensemble sound. Influenced by styles
from India and Mexico in addition to jazz and classical music. QUARTETO NUEVO’S
music is modern and uses advanced rhythms and time signatures yet also has the
sound of ancient times. Their nine performances on their CD are atmospheric, full of
subtle surprises and unlike anything else heard in the jazz world.”
LA JAZZ SCENE
“Their fresh album “Quarteto Nuevo” conserves the features that made the group so
attractive before — an original and instantly accessible approach to Middle Eastern,
Indian, Mexican and flamenco music, with bridges built among ’em all. (Even a Zappa
tune, because that’s essential to Garcia’s lineage.) The watchword is space, as you’ll
breathe deeply and relax with the cleanly defined balance of these master musicians,
who could play a lot busier but don’t, because they want to communicate.”
“Playing what one might term World Music,the group is more of a jazz ensemble
that uses traditions of different cultures’ musics as a solid foundation, combining
unusual and unique instrumental textures and orchestrations with authoritative
improvising. Original compositions are rendered along with arrangements of favorites
by a variety of other composers, all blending together to create a consistent ensemble
sound and identity.”
OPEN GATE THEATER
“Quarteto Nuevo is CONCERT PICK OF THE WEEK”
“Straddling the worlds of folkloric, jazz, and contemporary composition, these
four virtuosos make a hybrid music that’s greater than the sum of its parts.”
L.A. CITY BEAT
QUARTETO NUEVO REVIEW in LA JAZZ SCENE
“QUARTETO NUEVO, a unique world jazz quartet is sometimes reminiscent of Oregon. Founded in 2001 by percussionist Christopher Garcia (who is particularly adept on tabla), the current edition of the group also includes cellist Jacob Szekely, acoustic guitarist Kenton Youngstrom and Damon Zick on soprano sax and alto flute.
Performing originals plus pieces by Egberto Gismonti and Milcho Leviev, QUARTETO NUEVO features individual solos but the main emphasis, and the most unique aspect of the group, is their ensemble sound. Influenced by styles from India and Mexico in addition to jazz and classical music. QUARTETO NUEVO’S music is modern and uses advanced rhythms and time signatures yet also has the sound of ancient times. Their nine performances on their CD are atmospheric, full of subtle surprises and unlike anything else heard in the jazz world.
Clearly this would be a fascinating group to see live and fortunately they perform occasionally in the Los Angeles area. This fine outing gives listeners a strong example of their music.”
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“Whenever it seems warranted and I have the
time, I always like to listen to music (CDs) more than once, back-to-back.
More often I just select two tracks and listen to them 4 or 5 times —
I seem to learn more about the artists and their music that way.
With this new Quarteto record I put it on yesterday morning at 8:30 and
more or less listened to it all day…….BUT the
music still gets into your pores.
What a great record.
It grows on you.
A record can either grow on you not. This one just blossomed by
the fourth rotation. Wow. It has such a tender-hearted and delicate beauty
that envelops you with warmth. In a lot of ways it is an affectionate and
even-handed portrait of today’s Los Angeles.
Thanks for laying this gem on me !”
KUNM Albuquerque USA
Thursday Jazz @ Noon
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