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.