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mp3 Download Special $5.00 - March 10, 2008

For a limited time, a sales special is being offered on mp3 download versions of the cd "ALIENTO DE VIDA".

The entire mp3 can be purchased for just $5.00 at this link.
Enjoy the music. I would love to hear from you.

Staying in touch - May 18, 2007

Sometimes it seems so easy to get caught up in day to day events that updating this page gets neglected. I hope to do better in the future starting now.
I am slowly getting aquainted with the 21st century as I recently joined I shared the sentiments that the great guitarist Steve Khan expressed in his blog that a personal web site would suffice but... please visit me and be my friend!!

While surfing the net, I came across a magazine "DrummerPro Jazz" (2003) that had interviewed me regarding perspectives from non drummers. Although it has been a few years, I had never seen the article until now and had forgotten all about it, I'm not even sure if the magazine is active but it was all news to me. It also included an article on Tony Williams that may be of intrest.

I had a great time recently spending a litle time jamming, eating, and hanging, with fellow guitarist, friend, and inspiration, Mark Whitfield as he was touring with Chris Botti... what a great band backing Chris... James Genus, Peter Martin, Mark, Sy Smith, and now one of my favorite drummers Billy Kilson!!!!... What a great pocket and feeeeeling!!! This man dances with drums and makes the listener dance or move something by default. It is so good to hear fellow musicians doing their thing on such an inspiring high level to recharge the creative batteries... Thank you all and God bless.

Good Press - September 30, 2006

Not that it drastically changes ones artistic vision or passion, but who doesn't appreciate good press?
Thank you to Bob Gish who wrote a very kind review of the cd "ALIENTO de VIDA". It appears on page 213 (summer issue ,vol 6 number4, Mike Stern cover) of Jazz Improv magazine... one of the best and most indepth jazz magazines that I know of.
Thank you also to Eric Nemeyer and Jamie Cosnowsky for the tireless work they do to make the publication a success.
( See the Links page)

Isla del Encanto - July 26, 2006

Just got back recently from Puerto Rico. As usual it is always difficult to say good bye to family and friends and my musical brothers and sisters who encourage and bless me immensly with their wonderful musical gifts and talents. This time, not only was playing music on the agenda, but I was able to conduct a series of interviews with some friends who happen to be some of my favorite musicians as well... A heartfelt thank you to Luis Rodriguez, Marcos Pignataro, and UN FUERTE ABRAZO a Paoli Mejias, Jose "Furito" Rios and Jimmy Rivera. They all gave unselfishly of their time for which I am humbled and greatful. Jimmy Rivera is one of the unsung pioneers and heroes in applying drum set to Latin Carribean music and has unknowingly encouraged me. Gracias Jimmy por todo especialmente por invitarme a la oracion. Que Dios siga bendiciendote y tu linda familia.

What a great suprise it was to run into Luis Garcia in the airport. Luis is one of my favorite arrangers and has been the musical director for the salsa singing icon Cheo Feliciano for years. "Back in the day" Luis was very kind and encouraging by allowing me to hang out in the recording studios and copy the parts from his musical scores to be passed out to the musicians at the sessions. I am always grateful for the the musical inspiration and the valuable lessons I learned from one of my musical heroes at such a crucial time in my development. We ended up on the same flight sitting across from each other and got caught up on several years as he continued to France to direct a concert of Cheo. Gracias Luis por todo. Que Dios te bendiga.

Available in P.R - December 28, 2005

The contemporary / latin jazz cd ALIENTO DE VIDA is now available not only via internet at but also in retail at VIERA DISCOS (La Casa del Coleccionista) on the legendary Cerra street in Santurce, Puerto Rico.
(787) 725-1105

La grabación del jazz latino / contemporáneo, ALIENTO DE VIDA, ya esta disponible no tan solo via internet en el sino también esta a la venta en la famosa y reconocida Casa del Coleccionista: VIERA DISCOS en la legendaria Calle Cerra en Santurce, Puerto Rico.
(787) 725-1105

CD SONG ANALYSIS - November 23, 2005

The following is taken from the liner notes of my cd "Aliento de Vida" Please visit the MUSIC section of this site or visit to listen to / buy the cd. Thank you.
( version en espanol a continuacion)

I have always been interested in the study of the African
Diaspora and its impact on folkloric and popular music
throughout the countries of the Americas in particular. The
African influence is highlighted, amongst other disciplines, by
the prolific, sophisticated, and noble use of the drum.
This subject, which is worthy of serious study, can now be
found in university curriculum in the area of ethnomusicology
or social anthropology. Of course, though there is not
sufficient space here to expand on the theme, I humbly
present a limited version of some of the numerous rhythms of
popular music throughout the Diaspora in the Americas. They
may sometimes be typical in nature and at other times an
experimental hybrid. For example:
ALIENTO DE VIDA (Breath of Life) Our intent is to mix the
bomba sica rhythm of Puerto Rico with the samba of Brazil. •
AMPARO Y FORTALEZA (Help and Strength) We utilize the
bomba sica rhythm of Puerto Rico and the harmony is based
on a typical 12 bar blues from the U.S. • HORACIO This,
another version of the cha-cha rhythm of the Afro-Cuban
tradition, was melodically inspired by the Horace Silver
composition “Song for my Father” which was originally
dedicated to his Cape Verdean father. • STELLA BY
STARLIGHT Employs the ubiquitous backbeat of popular
music from the U.S., which is felt strongly on beats 2 and 4.
The interpretation of this style is similar to the “go-go” style
of Washington, DC. • LA FE DE UN NIÑO (The Faith of a
Child) Our version of the Brazilian samba. • LA PUERTA
ESTRECHA (The Narrow Door) The highlighted rhythm here
is the cha-cha with a very small sliver of the Afro-Cuban 6/8
rhythm on the bridge. • PRAISE GOD FROM WHOM ALL
BLESSINGS FLOW (Doxology) A subtle interpretation of a
New Orleans second line groove.

Siempre me ha interesado el estudio de la diáspora Africana y
particularmente como ha impactado el folclor y la música
popular en los países de las américas.
La influencia Africana se destaca por medio del uso prolífico,
sofisticado y noble del tambor entre otras disciplinas.
Este tema, digno de estudios serios, hoy en día forman parte
de cursos universitarios en el área de etnomusicología o socioantropología.
Por supuesto aquí no hay espacio suficiente
para ampliar el tema. Sin embargo he aquí mi humilde
expresión musical de una versión limitada de algunos de los
numerosos ritmos de la música popular que se encuentran a
través de la diáspora en las américas; a veces típicos, a veces
híbridos experimentales. Por ejemplo:
ALIENTO DE VIDA Intentamos mezclar el ritmo de bomba
sicá de Puerto Rico con la samba de Brasil. • AMPARO Y
FORTALEZA Utilizamos el ritmo de bomba sicá de Puerto Rico
y la armonía se basa en la forma de “blues” típico de doce
compases de los EEUU. • HORACIO Otra versión del ritmo
cha-cha-chá de la tradición afro-cubana fue melódicamente
inspirada por la composición de Horace Silver titulada “Song
for my Father,” la cual fue originalmente dedicada a su padre
Caboverdeño. • STELLA BY STARLIGHT Emplea el ubicuo
“backbeat” típico de la música popular de los EEUU que se
deja sentir al acentuar el pulso fuertemente en el 2 y 4 del
compás. La interpretación del “afinque” en este caso es un
poco característica del estilo “go-go” de Washington DC. • LA
FE DE UN NIÑO Es nuestra versión de la samba brasileña. •
LA PUERTA ESTRECHA Se destaca el ritmo cha-cha-chá con
un trocito del ritmo seis por ocho de la tradición afro-cubana
FLOW (Doxology) Cuenta con una interpretación sutil del ritmo
“second line” de New Orleans.

Bomba - October 22, 2005

The ongoing research, study, and performance of the Puerto Rican Bomba rhythms and history continues... Greater understanding of the Haitian revolution is bringing greater insight to many of the lyrics and coros heard in Bomba... Please feel free to write me if you have info that may contribute in this area....Dicho sea de paso, gracias a Jorge Ginorio por sus contribuciones e informes.
Gracias tambien a Tata Cepeda , Victor "Sorpresa" Velez, y Angel Reyes por su aportacion a esta tan importante y querida tradicion.

Latin Jazz Quartet - October 22, 2005

The Latin Jazz Quartet led by bassist, composer, arranger, Gerardo Colon Ortiz is currently preparing new material and is looking forward to public performance soon. Current members include Oscar Munoz -drums/perc.; Jack Friend- trpt; and Andre Avelino- guitar

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