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Call, the Cuba-born musician’s entrancing new release on the Origen Records label, verifies the potential of this new path as it redefines the outer limits of Latin jazz through complex and compelling original works and an outpouring of virtuosic performances by Stable and his quintet.
Call is the attention-grabbing follow-up to his 2007 Origen Records release Notes on Canvas, a particularly ambitious offering that featured the composer’s sonic interpretations of iconic paintings by Monet, Picasso and other masters. That critically-lauded effort featured a rotating guest list that included such luminaries as saxophonists Paquito D’Rivera, George Garzone and David Sanchez and vibraphonist Victor Mendoza. In contrast, Call is a quintet outing showcasing pianist Aruan Ortiz, bassist Edward Perez, saxophonist Javier Vercher and drummer Francisco Mela, with special guest Ian Izquierdo on violin. It drives home the point that Stable isn’t content to repeat himself and is constantly in search of challenging new music settings to conquer.
“I see Call as a culmination of some of the material that I started developing in Notes on Canvas,” the 34-year old innovator explains. “I do see some new and positive elements in my playing that I like very much, and I see a cohesive sound throughout the album that I’m very happy with. But there’s a contrast between the two albums that I really enjoy, especially in comparison what is done by some other artists who keep covering the same ground time-and-time again.“ And the album’s riveting quality stems from Stable’s choice of musicians and how he chose to record the session. “I wanted to take the tunes into the studio and play them live, just like some of the great jazz players used to do,” he comments. “Importantly, the band on the album is not a group of musicians that I just called to record an album. They are all friends who share a lot of my ideas. We know each other musically very, very well. That allowed us to create some truly exceptional performances.”
With Call as his new calling card, it’s easy to understand why Arturo Stable is being recognized as one of the most accomplished and dynamic leaders of the new Latin jazz tradition. “Everything I do as a player comes from checking out all of the percussion masters who have come before me,” he acknowledges with sincerity, “and I feel a great admiration for all of them. I’m also fortunate that I have had the opportunity to learn directly from some of the greats, including Changuito (José Luis Quintana), Tata Güines and Pancho Quinto. But on the other hand, I feel that my generation belongs to another time. We have the responsibility to expand the frontiers, to incorporate new elements into our performances, and to take the tradition to another level.”
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