Second Chance (Zoho Music ZM 201006, 2010)
Colombian pianist Hector Martignon is one of the new Latin Jazz stars in the United States. His album Second Chance showcases his extraordinary skill as an instrumentalist and composer. He is joined by some of the finest musicians in the current Latin jazz scene, performing a hot mix of jazz with Afro-Cuban, Colombian and other Latin music idioms.
Second Chance features Martignon young Latin Jazz quintet, along with special guests Edmar Castaneda on Colombian harp, John Walsh on trumpet, and Vinny Valentino on guitar. They play six original pieces and four standards.
“Some of the tracks contained in this album are second chances,” says Martignon. “These are renditions that reflect an evolved approach to melodies and arrangements already done by me in years past.”
For years, Hector has been one of the most desirable pianists on New York City’s jazz scene. He toured with Paquito D’Rivera, Mongo Santamaría, Gato Barbieri, Steve Turre, Conrad Herwig and Don Byron. He has performed as pianist for great bands such as Tito Puente, Mario Bauzá, Chico O’Farrill, Max Roach in his Project America and with Paul Simon, working on his Capeman.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.