Hiromi & Edmar Castañeda – Live in Montreal (Telarc, 2017)
Two great musicians in the world of jazz met in Montreal to deliver a formidable concert. Hiromi is one of the stars of jazz piano and Edmar Castañeda is a lesser known, but equally acclaimed Colombian musician who has taken the harp to the jazz world with great success.
Live in Montreal is all about the interaction between the two musicians. Being a live recording, a large part of the album focuses on improvisations. The artists take turns at soloing and Hiromi let plenty of space for the harp, which could have gotten drowned out by the piano.
The album is full of dazzling performances with jazz being the dominant force. One of the highlights of the album is Hiromi’s suite “The Elements,” where the music is more structured.
The presence of Castañeda brings in a world music element in the form of South American music influences. Some of these are from Colombia, but the most evident comes from Argentina, much further south. Hiromi and Edmar deliver a superb version of Asator Piazzolla’s “Libertango.”
Live in Montreal is a masterfully performed encounter of jazz and beyond by two remarkable musicians.
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Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV 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 albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.