Gabriel Vicéns | Point In Time

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Point In Time

by Gabriel Vicéns

The exciting and critically acclaimed debut album from jazz guitarist Gabriel Vicéns; featuring legendary bassist Eddie Gómez and tenor saxophonist David Sánchez.
Genre: Jazz: Modern Creative Jazz
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1. El Comienzo
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2. Point in Time
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3. Intro to La Diferencia
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4. La Diferencia
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5. Intro to Cuadro
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6. Cuadro
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7. Beautiful Place
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8. Intro to Frame of Mind
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9. Frame of Mind
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10. Intro to El Camino
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11. El Camino
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12. The World in My View
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Album Notes
World-class musicians join Vicéns in his discographic debut, such as legendary bassist Eddie Gómez and tenor saxophonist David Sánchez, both Grammy winners. He's also joined by sax player Jonathan Suazo (Paoli Mejias); pianist Eduardo Zayas (Charlie Sepulveda); Australian-born, New York-resident bassist Matt Clohesy (Seamus Blake, Alan Ferber, Jon Gordon) and Mexican-born drummer Vladimir Coronel. All of them are amongst the most sought-after musicians in the local jazz scene in Puerto Rico and New York.

"Gabriel Vicéns is a creative musician that displays a new vision on the guitar and in the music that he's written for his album "Point In Time""
- Eddie Gómez

All the tunes on the CD were penned by Gabriel Vicéns. “This record has a lot of energy, as well as a natural, pleasant melodic inclination”, says Vicéns. “It's in a ‘modern jazz’ vein, but at the same time it uses many elements from diverse musical genres. I think it's one of those records that should be listened from beginning to end, since all the themes follow a structured order”.

Gabriel Vicéns started seriously delving into music by the age of 14. His growing passion for jazz began at the age of 16, and just a year later he started playing in local clubs with some of the best local jazz musicians. After completing high school, he received an Outstanding Musicianship Award and a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music but instead he decided to go to the Music Conservatory of Puerto Rico to complete a Jazz Performance Major in Jazz Guitar. As a student, he had the opportunity to play, learn, and grow friendships with Miguel Zenón, Eddie Gómez, Kenny Werner, David Sánchez, Jon Faddis, Bill Boris, Charlie Sepúlveda, Danilo Pérez, Luis Marín, Fernando Mattina and Paoli Mejías. In 2010 he graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Conservatory as the first jazz guitarist. “Point in Time” is his first album as a leader.


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Pensive, studied, moody guitar jazz
I found the sum of the parts of Point In Time to be a strong and thoughtful effort from young (up and coming) jazz guitarist, Gabriel Vicéns. Well worth your time to wade into the subtle shifting and unhurried interplay between the solid foundation laid by Eduardo Zayas (piano), Matt Clohesy & Eddie Gomez, (bass), and Vladimir Coronel (drums) and the pensive, studied, moody, yet optimistic guitar work of Mr. Vicéns. Jonathan Suazo & David Sanchez’s sax add a welcome complementary timbre to the mix.

Though I am an enthusiastic CD Baby supporter, I stumbled across this recording prominently displayed in the shop of La Fundación Nacional para la Cultura Popular in San Juan Puerto Rico, where, I presume, Mr. Vicéns calls home judging from the subtle cover artwork. The pride and enthusiasm of the shopkeeper’s musical summary and recommendation stayed with me as each musical track unfolded. My appreciation for the sum of the parts has only grown as I’ve become more familiar with each of Mr. Vicéns’, self-produced, 12 compositions totaling more than 79 minutes.

If you are a fan of guitar based jazz in the school of Nguyen Le, John Scofield, Bill Frisell, or those listed above, give this young talent a listen.

inner exile

Pretty good modern jazz debut (4.1 stars)
from a young Puerto Rican guitarist/composer, although less could have been more had Gabriel Vicéns and alto saxist Jonathan Suazo offered less long-winding, more focused improvisations despite both having the right chops and larger patterns to navigate. While the bandleader's eight originals are appealing and smart compositions, the intros (7.11 minutes in sum) don't add much to deserve four separate tracks (#3, 5, 8, 10), imho. The core quintet also includes Vicéns' fellow musician compatriots, pianist Eduardo Zayas and drummer Vladimir Coronel, plus Brooklyn based Aussie Matt Clohesy on double bass.
The first two tunes, 'el comienzo' and 'point in time' are fine examples of the guitarist's approach: he tends to start slow, almost contemplative, gradually gaining momentum to pass the torch to Suazo and his fiery, occasionally virtuosic elaborations (I'm no fan of his somewhat harsh tone on #7 'beautiful place', though).

Dreamy and/or graceful themes with Latin flavour and groove segments are well integrated into songs like #4 'la diferencia' and the aforementioned #7. Two famous Puerto Rican expats, David Sanchez (his impassioned tenor sax is audible on the intro #5 and the concluding song #12 'the world in my view') and Eddie Gomez appear on the lithe #6 'cuadro'. Gomez brings chamber abstractionism and a certain percussiveness on acoustic bass to other tunes as well (#7, 9-11). The piano contribution, especially the solos on three tracks (#9, 11-12), by Zayas is well worth of attention, albeit his instrument somewhat lacks resonance, sounding bland at times the same way Coronel's laborous snare drum does. As for possible influences/points of comparison, the following top guitarists come to mind: Kurt Rosenwinkel (#1, 12), Mike Moreno (#2, 4) and Adam Rogers (#9). Total time: 79.23 min.