JOHN DAVERSA — Cuarentena : With Family at Home

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Album · 2020

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By JOHN DAVERSA

Tracklist

1 #45 5:12
2 #22 6:19
3 John Daversa: Growing Up in a Musical Family 1:07
4 La Bailarina (para Tatiana) 6:43
5 Oma (a la Madre Divina) 7:16
6 Sammy Figueroa Plays for Charlie Figueroa 0:58
7 El Último Suspiro 4:01
8 Soldado Distinguido (para Sgt. Alvin York) 5:17
9 Puppitas (para Lea y Maya) 4:12
10 Fábrica de Conservas de San Francisco (La Historia de Molly y Johnny) 3:57
11 Gonzalo Rubalcaba: El estilo de vida que llevamos es muy rápido 1:05
12 #19 5:31
13 Dafnis Prieto: Haciendo la misma cosa que siempre he hecho 1:01
14 Un Bolero para Lola 5:28
15 Carlo De Rosa: Can’t visit family 0:34
16 Opus 1 (escrita por El Abuelo Austin) 4:48
17 Canción de Cuna para Hara 4:55

Line-up/Musicians

- John Daversa / trumpet, flugelhorn
- Gonzalo Rubalcaba / piano
- Carlo De Rosa / bass
- Dafnis Prieto / drums
- Sammy Figueroa / percussion

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Its not unusual for a John Daversa album to carry a theme outside of the music itself, so it is with his new album, “Cuarantena: With Family at Home”, on which he explores the importance of familial relationships in a time of quarantine through a collection of boleros, a musical form that was often a part of his family gatherings when he was young. Many of these compositions by Daversa are homages to various family members, and also many other of the compositions were written by other family members. Interspersed between the tracks, the various members of Daversa’s quintet discuss how family and music interact in their own lives. Speaking of the assembled quintet for the recording, this is an all-star ensemble with top names at every position; Gonzalo Rubalcaba on piano, Carlo De Rosa on bass, Dafnis Prieto on drums and Sammy Figueroa on percussion.

As mentioned already, every one of these songs is a bolero, but do not expect sameness, instead this album is laden with creative eclecticism. Boleros tend to be rhythmically laid back and very melodic, and you do get a lot of that on here, but there are variations too. “#45” features some high speed bebop unisons, “#22” contains fiery solo trade offs, “Puppitas” has a far out arrangement that borders on the avant-garde, and “#19”builds into an aggressive samba like energy. Still, the hallmark of “Cuarantena” are the more laid back boleros that fascinate with their open spaces and relaxed timing. The open spaces can almost recall a classic ECM disc, only with a Latin flavor and no icy reverb. When Daversa’s lonely trumpet plays over a sparse accompaniment I’m also reminded of Miles’ classic “Quiet Nights” album. All members of the band are careful not to overplay and the tracks are made more interesting because different members of the band will drop out of the mix for a while instead of all five going at it all the time. Overall, a most valuable player award could go to Rubalcaba whose wide ranging skills can add variety through his knowledge of post bop, Latin jazz and classical.

This is a beautiful album, very thoughtful and sensitive. Its great to hear musicians with mind blowing chops set their pyrotechnics aside for a while to just play music that anyone can relate to, not just fans of jazz or Latin music.

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