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Jazzambia

by Paoli Mejias

Mysterious & moving, a fusion of African, Mediterranean, & Caribbean rhythms with straight-ahead jazz, featuring the best players of the NY Latin jazz scene: Miguel Zenon, Luis Perdomo, Jaleel Shaw, Hans Glawischnig, Tony Escapa, Antonio Sanchez.
Genre: Jazz: Latin Jazz
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1. Diaspora
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2. Jibarology
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3. Logos
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5. El Tintero
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8. Lo Cierto Que Es Lo Incierto
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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NEW YORK TIMES: LATIN & WESTERN SWING BANDS TOUCHED BY JAZZ
Latin bandleaders these days are making music that becomes
simultaneously more modern and more ancient. "Jazzambia," by the Puerto Rican percussionist Paoli Mejías, is the latest proof. It includes several other like-minded musicians, including the pianist Luis Perdomo and the saxophonist Miguel Zenón, and it's exciting to see where it goes.

There are standard structural elements of Afro-Cuban music here — tumbaos and montuno sections — but there are also rhythm strategies that come from various kinds of new jazz that many would say are not Latin at all. (One track, "Diaspora," culminates brilliantly with Mr.Zenón soloing with more free-jazz gusto than he ever seems to use, over the interlocking patterns of two hand drummers.) The point is that jazz was part Latin from the start, and has become only more so. - Ben Ratliff
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EDITOR'S PICK (DESCARGA):
A historic recording, if only for the depth of the talent involved, featuring some of the best players in the New York scene, including the ever present Hans Glawischnig on bass, Luis Perdomo on piano, Antonio Sanchez and Tony Escapa on drums, Miguel Zenon, Jaleel Shaw, Ricardo Pons and Chris Cheek on saxophones and the leader Mejias on drums; he’s helped on two tunes by Tito De Gracia. And they produce some fierce and intelligent music, as might be expected. It’s searching jazz, flexible, and at this point so much modern jazz has taken on the Spanish tinge that it’s hard to separate this as Latin jazz; it’s just modern, part of the geometry of invention that includes Havana, Puerto Rico, New York and a good part of the rest of the world. Some tunes have tumbaos, like the tag on Jibarology; some don’t. Hard to find a cliché; this is the sound of the modern world. Again, historic.
Highly Recommended. - Peter Watrous
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TIEMPO DE EXPERIMENTAR (NUEVO DIA)
En su tercera entrega discográfica, el percusionista Paoli Mejías perfecciona una aleación de ritmos atados a las raíces negras del puertorriqueño.

Si se tratara de comparar al percusionista Paoli Mejías con un pintor de renombre, el idóneo sería Salvador Dalí. Y es que la música creada por Mejías, al igual que las obras de Dalí, muestran elementos diferentes cada vez que se toma el tiempo para apreciarlas. Mejías gusta de fusionar ritmos, innovar y mantenerse a la vanguardia. - Gloria Ruiz Kuilan
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TOP 20 CDS OF 2008 (Fundacion Nacional Para La Cultura Popular Puertorriqueña):
Ya a la altura de los maximos exponentes de la percusion en el mundo, Paoli Mejias reafirma con esta, su tercera grabacion, por que es reconocido como uno de congueros de mayor peso en el ambito del jazz latino. En esta oportunidad, rinde tributo a sus ancestros africanos, aunque en la pieza Jibarology incorporó el cuatro, magistralmente ejecutado por Christian Nieves. Definitivamente, un trabajo digno en el que prueba su ingenio y creatividad.
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PAOLI DOES IT AGAIN!! Driving and progressive Latin Jazz with a Afro-Rican attitude! It made my top 10 for 2008 after the first listening. - Goyo Pappas, Music critic and writer, moderator of Latin Jazz eGroup.
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LOS MEJORES 20 DISCOS DE 2008: JAZZAMBIA (Nuevo Dia)
Con su tercer disco Paoli se establece como uno de los percusionistas más polifacéticos y visionarios del umbral del siglo 21. Su madurez en la selección del repertorio y en el desarrollo de un sonido propio en el jazz son encomiables. Su identidad, por supuesto, descansa en sus fusiones de jazz con bomba y plena. "Jibarology", con Christian Nieves en el cuatro y Miguel Zenón en el saxofón alto, es un manjar por la fusión del aguinaldo con elementos de la improvisación jazzística. - Jaime Torres Torres
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Paoli Mejias’ latest release, Jazzambia, features Miguel Zenon. It is some of the best Latin Jazz to be played here in the USA in years IMHO. You will not be disappointed. - Street Level Productions Blog
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PAOLI MEJIAS Y `JAZZAMBIA' (Nuevo Dia)
Cuán agradable es ver -en este caso, escuchar es la palabra- un concepto que se va precisando, que va adquiriendo contornos cada día mejor dibujados hasta llegar a una expresión más diáfana!

Ese es el caso de `Jazzambia', el tercer CD como líder de Paoli Mejías. En él, el percusionista puertorriqueño retomó las ideas de sus dos discos anteriores -`Mi tambor' y `Transcend'-, las pulió y las llevó a un nuevo nivel de universalidad… Para ello no sólo contó con una banda formidable (que incluye entre otros a los saxofonistas Miguel Zenón, Jaleel Shaw y Ricardo Pons y al pianista Luis Perdomo) sino también con buenas composiciones, algunas de ellas de los propios músicos… `Jazzambia' es música fresca, vital, de esas que mantienen al oyente preguntándose cuál será la próxima sorpresa que traerá. Sirve de clara señal de que Mejías está seriamente comprometido con su arte, con la definición de un concepto propio. (www.paolimejias.com). - Rafael Vega Curry
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Paoli Mejias transcends the conventions of mainstream jazz, creating a rich tapestry of original, Latin-flavored, improvisational music - JAZZ IMPROV


After the success of Paoli’s two earlier productions (“Transcend” and Grammy nominated “Mi Tambor”), Puerto Rican percussionist Paoli Mejías releases “JAZZAMBIA” accompanied by the greatest musicians on the jazz scene: Miguel Zenon & Jaleel Shaw - sax, Antonio Sanchez & Tony Escapa - drums, Luis Perdomo - piano, Hans Glawischnig – bass, among others.

Recorded at Kaleidoscope Studios June 4-5, 2008 and mixed by Grammy Award Winning Engineer Jon Fausty at Morrisound Studios, “JAZZAMBIA” is another great milestone in Paoli’s international career.

“JAZZAMBIA” includes original compositions by Miguel Zenon, Nestor Toro, Hans Glawischnig, Robert Rodriguez, Luis Perdomo, Yan Carlos Artime, Ricardo Pons and Luis Raul Romero.

Please visit Paoli's website www.paolimejias.com for additional information & reviews.

Also check out Paoli's Grammy nominated CD "Mi Tambor" www.cdbaby.com/cd/paolimejias and “Transcend” www.cdbaby.com/cd/paolimejias2


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steve guasch

A la Vanguardia!
The one thing that stands out the most on this brilliant CD is that Paoli refuses to take the easy way out, He could have easily choosen to replicate his previous work, using his proven technique and swing to do the same CD like so many artist do. But no he takes us for yet another immaginative ride from which you do want to end, and when it does it leaves you wanting more. This time around Paoli's sound is smother yet much more complex and daring. This CD doesn't sound like anything you have ever heard, in my humble opinion. This Cd is a must have period!, Paoli continues to redefine the way percussion is played, enough said! Buy it.

Steve Deats

Paoli Mejias - Jazzambia
Paoli Mejias continues to create brilliant recordings. I own his other 2 solo ventures (Mi Tambor & Transcend) which I also love, and Jazzambia keeps up with the same level of virtuosity and artistry. I feel that Paoli Mejias is one of the top percussionists of our time and he has the talent of combining excellent musicians with great leadership and Jazzambia continues this tradition.

Hugh Smith


First off, I downloaded an entire CD for the first time and it went off without a hitch. A problem may be that you don't get the CD liner notes when you download a CD. Being my first time I can't say this is the rule.

The music is fantastic. Paoli & his cohorts are producing leading edge music.

Carlos Jimenez

Wonderful & Mysterious Sounds
It reminds me of Mongo Santamaria' Afro-Indio. Creating music it's a wonderful thing and all of these great musicians are all creative. God Bless and Happy Holidays!!

EDGARDO ARROYO

From Puerto Rico to the World
This is one of the best jazz cd's of 2008. Paoli
is a great percussionist, and the musicians on the
session are top notch. The advantage of producing his own music shows on the high level of creativity and improvisation found on this recording. We all know the talent of Miguel Zenón,
but Jaleel Shaw is awesome. Excelente trabajo Paoli.

humphrey solognier


i met this artist in september where he performed in ariba seajazz festival. ilike his music very much and of cours this cd which is my third cd of paoli mejias. I i have a fiftheen year old son that plays percusion and like this artist very much. Every day he listen to this cd.