Gerardo Rosales | El Venezolano: Tribute to Venezuela

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El Venezolano: Tribute to Venezuela

by Gerardo Rosales

Musical Tribute To Venezuela
Genre: Jazz: Latin Jazz
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1. Moliendo Café
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2. Rancho Central
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4:19 album only
3. El Diablo Suelto
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3:51 album only
4. La Grey Zuliana
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5. Poco a Poco
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5:08 album only
6. Joropo Loco
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3:14 album only
7. Pa' los Guaco Guarapo
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4:50 album only
8. Tema de amor
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5:07 album only
9. Quitapesares
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6:02 album only
10. Negra Mala
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11. Canción para Belen Rondón
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Musical producer: Gerardo Rosales
Production coordination: Astrid Pulles
Sound engineer: Wil Hesen
Recorded at Farmsound Studio, Heelsum,
The Netherlands, November 2, 3 and 4, 1999.

Musicians:
Gerardo Rosales (Venezuela): all percussion
Astrid "La Holandesa" (Holland): vocals, background
Carlos "El Niche" (Venezuela): vocals, background
Randal Corsen (Curaçao): acoustic piano
Randy Winterdal (Curaçao): bass
Michael Simon (Venezuela): trumpet, flugelhorn
Eduardo Blanco (Spain): trompeta
José Piriz Perez (Uruguay): saxophone tenor and soprano, flute
Jaco Abel (Spain): guitar

Once someone asked me: "Where are you from?"
I answered, "I’m Venezuelan". Then he asked me: "and where’s that, Africa or Asia"? I replied that Venezuela is a country situated at the north of South-America. After this encounter, in thoughts, I said to myself: "it’s not possible that this person does not even have a World Atlas in his own house".
Also in the musical aspect there’s a great lack of knowledge with respect to the music of my country. For these reasons I decided to make
El Venezolano. I interpret different rhythms of my country and in the meantime I give a short account of the musical history of Venezuela. This is not a CD of folkloric Venezuelan music, since it has elements of jazz, classical music and salsa. But I have managed to maintain the feelings and roots of Venezuela.

The Venezuelan waltz is represented by "El Diablo Suelto", composed by Eraclio Fernández in 1878, and in "Tema de Amor", a composition by Aldemaro Romero. The rhythm of joropo is present with "Quitapesares" of Carlos Bonet and "Joropo Loco", the latter being a composition of mine in a situation of musical crisis. "Rancho Central" is a parranda composed and arranged by Alberto Naranjo, a creator of intelligent taste. "Moliendo Café" of Hugo Blanco and "La Grey Zuliana" of Ricardo Aguirre are two symbolic themes of Venezuela, capable of making your skin crawl. I myself composed "Pa’los Guaco Guarapo", which is a tribute to the creators of this wonderful rhythm made to shake up the bones. "Poco a Poco" is the representative theme of the Nueva Onda, composed by Aldemaro Romero. "Negra Mala", an original merengue caraqueño of Manuel Rivas, a special one to remember the Caracas of red roofs. And "Canción para Belén Rondón" (my dear grandmother), composed by Randal Corsen. All this is mixed with the harmonious richness brought by jazz, classical music and the taste of Latin-America.

Now you will know where Venezuela is situated, and if you already do, enjoy yourself with this music brought to you by El Venezolano Gerardo Rosales.

The term Latin jazz has usually referred to a blend of bop and Afro-Cuban salsa, but the rhythms of Cuba (son, mambo, cha-cha, guaguanco, among many others) aren't the only Latin rhythms that jazz artists have embraced. Over the years, jazz has been combined with everything from Spanish flamenco, Brazilian samba and Columbian cumbia to Puerto Rican plena, Dominican merengue and Argentinean tango. On El Venezolano, the rhythms of Gerardo Rosales' native Venezuela are a major source of inspiration for the jazz percussionist. But Rosales is eclectic, and this unpredictable CD finds him blending post-bop with not only Venezuelan joropo rhythms, but also, incorporating salsa, merengue and bossa nova. While most of the material is instrumental jazz, various singers are featured on selections that range from the exuberant "Pa' los Guaco Guarapo" (a salsa tune with Venezuelan influences) to the reflective "Poco a Poco." One might assume that El Venezolano was recorded in the U.S. or Latin America, but in fact, it was recorded in Amsterdam, Holland, where Rosales was based in the late 1990s. For those who are seeking something fresh-sounding from Latin jazz, El Venezolano is well worth exploring.

Una vez alguien me preguntó: ¿y de donde eres tu? Yo le respondí: soy venezolano. Luego me dijo: ¿y donde queda eso, en Africa o en Asia? Yo le respondí que Venezuela es un país que queda al norte de Sur América. Luego de este encuentro, pensando, me dije: ¡no puede ser que esta persona no tenga ni siquiera un atlas mundial en su casa!
También en el aspecto musical hay un gran desconocimiento sobre la música de mi país. Por estas razones decidí hacer El Venezolano. Interpreto diferentes ritmos de mi país y a su vez hago un breve recuento sobre la historia musical de Venezuela. Este no es un cd de música folklórica venezolana, ya que hay elementos del jazz, la música clásica y la salsa, pero he logrado mantener el sentimiento y la raíz de Venezuela.
El vals venezolano es representado por "El Diablo Suelto" compuesto por Eraclio Fernández en 1878 y "Tema de Amor" composición de Aldemaro Romero. El ritmo joropo se hace presente con "Quitapesares" de Carlos Bonet y "Joropo Loco", este último compuesto por mi en una situación de crisis musical. "Rancho Central" es una parranda compuesta y arreglada por Alberto Naranjo, un creador de sabores inteligentes. "Moliendo Café" de Hugo Blanco y "La Grey Zuliana" de Ricardo Aguirre son dos temas simbólicos de Venezuela, capaces de erizar tu piel. Compuse "Pa’ los Guaco Guarapo" el cual es un tributo a los creadores de este ritmo tan bueno pa’ mover el esqueleto. "Poco a Poco" tema representativo de la Onda Nueva compuesto por Aldemaro Romero. "Negra Mala" un merengue caraqueño original de Manuel Rivas, especial para recordar a la Caracas de los techos rojos. Y "Canción Para Belén Rondón" (mi abuelita querida), compuesta por Randal Corsen. Todo esto mezclado con la riqueza armónica que brinda el jazz, la música clásica y el sabor de América Latina.

Entonces ahora usted sabrá donde queda Venezuela y si ya lo sabe pongase a gozar con esta música que le trae
El Venezolano Gerardo Rosales.



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