A CD recorded at Jazz Cultural Theatre of Bilbao by Saúl Santolaria in the organic style of legendary jazz recordings from the fifties and sixties and produced by Jazz Basque Country Productions.
Twenty-five musicians from New York, Holland, Cadiz, Armenia, Cuba, Venezuela, Chile, Peru and the Basque Country participate in this new album produced by Joshua Edelman and Cristina Santolaria on the label Jazz Basque Country Productions.
The CD was recorded by Saul Santolaria, a specialist in “old school” techniques, in the style of legendary jazz records produced in New York in the fifties and sixties.
In this production Edelman conjoins past and present, integrating the jazz of his youth with the diverse influences of his Jewish roots, classical tradition, flamenco guitar, Cuban and Brazilian rhythms and Basque folklore, including songs in Basque and instruments like the trikitixa, previously unknown in a jazz context.
ZUBIA/PUENTE/BRIDGE, a beautiful word and an elevated concept, be it physical reality or abstraction.
I was born and grew up on the island of Manhattan, surrounded by enormous bridges, symbols of bravery, imagination and effort, of progress, communication and unity. Now my life is in Bilbao, a city also characterized by its hospitality, dignity and historical legacy, its beautiful bridges and its capacity for transformation in the key of progress.
Jazz was born as a bridge between Africa, America and Europe and is always evolving, a reflection of life itself, constantly incorporating new influences and sentiments.
This project is the fruit of roots and spirits that met and became entwined here in Bilbao. We hope that listening to this music will be as moving for you as the process of its creation was for us.
I wish to thank all the travellers who have passed through the Manhattan Bilbao Jazz-Zubia: family, friends and maestros of different cultures and countries. The gift of their hard work, their talent and their love can be felt in every note.
Manhattan Bilbao Jazz-Zubia es un disco producido por Joshua Edelman y grabado íntegramente en Jazz Cultural Theatre of Bilbao con Saúl Santolaria como ingeniero de sonido. El CD está grabado al estilo del jazz neoyorquino de los años 50 y 60.
El repertorio de esta nueva producción, en la que intervienen 25 músicos de EEUU, Holanda, Cádiz, Armenia, País Vasco, Santander, Cuba, Venezuela, Perú y Chile, está compuesto por 14 temas entre composiciones originales de Joshua Edelman, temas del acervo musical vasco, del repertorio clásico, de la tradición hebrea y marroquí, de la música brasileña con el JAZZ como protagonista, como hilo conductor.
La producción Manhattan Bilbao Jazz-Zubia inaugura JAZZ BASQUE COUNTRY, el recién creado sello discográfico de Joshua Edelman.