“Feyas” is the new solo effort by Colombian pianist/composer Gabriel Guerrero. The album showcase original compositions and two arrangements, ranging influences from be-bop, avant garde, contemporary jazz, classical music as well as South American rhythms.
It showcases 7 original compositions and 2 arrangements; one of Lucho Bermudez piece “Colombia Tierra Querida” and Be-bop pianist/composer Bud Powell’s “Un Poco Loco” performed here with a “Chande” rhythm from Colombia. The album offers different textures and colors, with airs from Colombian Bullerengue, Porro, Chande, as well as contemporary jazz compositions.
The CD features different line up of musicians including Gabriel Guerrero Trio with Eric Doob-drums, and Jorge Roeder-bass, plus Samuel Torres on Percussion; it also featured Jerry Bergonzi – tenor, Bruce Gertz – bass, Tim Horner – drums, Karina Colis – drums among others.
The disc also features a tribute song “Charlie” for the late Charlie Banacos, legendary jazz educator who passed away 2009.
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“A dazzling pyrotechnician and accomplished composer… FEYAS: This is one of the most startling and rewarding piano-led debuts since Gonzalo Rubalcaba’s 1990 Blue Note offering, Discovery: Live at Montreux.” Bill Milkowski
“Like some of the finest scholarly pianists-composers such as Gonzalo Rubalcaba, to come from way south of the border, Guerrero has exploded on the stage with music of immense maturity. Guerrero firmly establishes his voice here as he adds to the remarkably growing literature of Latin American instrumental music.”
“The energetic pianist’s Feyas displays a recognized reverence to Powell while also exhibiting self-assurance, technical expedience, and compositional proficiency. He comes out blazing right from the launching track with “Colombia Tierra Querida,” followed by a delicious version of Powell’s “Un Poco Loco” and then “Hope,” which utilizes his country’s polyrhythms of bullerengue and porro. He is well on his way to staking out a claim as one of the rising pianists in contemporary jazz.”
“Gabriel Guerrero emerges from the talent-rich jazz environment of New York City as the latest hidden wonder to surface and stake a claim with a brilliant musical statement on FEYAS. A classically-trained pianist, Guerrero draws on a blend of be-bop, Latin, Colombian and other rhythms, contributing seven originals and borrowing two covers in producing this project.”