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Julián Gómez Quartet$10
“Every week at DMG we get another surprise of musicians from around the world leaving us with their discs to check out. Earlier this week (Feb of 2012), two young men from Colombia dropped by with a local friend. Neither man spoke much English so their friend translated for them and we were left with their disc. All of the pieces were written by their leader & bassist Julian Gomez except for one traditional song. Although Julian’s bass sounds like the heart of these songs, his writing provides strong material for the guitar and tenor sax frontline. “Bati-Burrillo” opens and has a jubilant quality with laid back yet spirited solos from the tenor and guitar. For “Bailamos?”, Julian wrote a long line for the guitar & tenor to play together before moving into a more dreamy terrain with a fine, most elegant solo from the guitar. Guest pianist Ernesto Jodos adds some marvelous flourishes to the title track while both the sax & guitar solo together intricately.
On “Influencias”, the quartet gets a chance to play outside and inside at the same time with the rhythm team playing the free thing and the sax & guitar playing the more structured part of the piece. Mr. Gomez’ bass is featured on “Guarana” where he takes a strong cerebral solo as does the guest pianist. Both the sax and guitar are consistently shifting between more or less dense structures or streams, balancing between more aggressive and laid back sections. This seems to keep the entire quartet on their toes as they maneuver between either extreme. This is a particularly solid effort by musicians I was not familiar with previously”.
Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery – New York
Jure Pukl / Tenor Sax.
Sebastián Cruz / Guitar.
Jacobo Álvarez / Drums.
Julian Gomez / Bass and compositions.
Julián Gómez Quartet at Terraza 7 on Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 at 9:30 pm.
$10 cover charge for mezzanine. FREE admission for CHILDREN 12 and under.