Oscar Hernandez & Alma Libre

Love the Moment

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MUSIC REVIEW BY Vicente Toledo Rohena, El Expresso (Puerto Rico)

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The pianist, composer, arranger and orchestra conductor based in California, Oscar Hernández, returns to the musical environment with the production 'Love the moment', an album that he presents with his quintet composed by Oskar Cartaya (bass), Justo Almario (saxophone and flute), Jimmy Branly (drums) and Christian Moraga (percussion). In addition, it has guest musicians Gilbert Castellanos (trumpet) and Dayren Santamar'a (violin).

"It's my second recording as a soloist in this genre with my quintet 'Alma Libre'. All the compositions are my own and I am very proud of the result of the production. I mostly work a lot with my other salsa orchestra, Spanish Harlem, with which I have won three Grammy Awards, but it's always nice to do some jazz here in Los Angeles (California). The album has been on the street for a month and has received good reviews, "Hernández said by telephone from Los Angeles to El Expresso .

'Love the moment' is an excellent project where Hernández manages with his quintet to prepare a rainbow of possibilities between traditional and Latin jazz. It flows in a distinctive way with its own style that gives its more than 40 years in the musical environment. Hernández's brilliant solo performance on the piano is an oasis in the production that also features the highlight of the accompanying musicians.

"I am very proud with the cd. It was released about a month ago and is being heard on local radio; The reviews have been very good. I am eager to go with my music to Puerto Rico because I am proud to be Puerto Rican and wherever I go I raise my flag because Puerto Rican blood runs through my veins. "

Among the themes that stand out in the production is' Another level ',' Danzón for Liza (dedicated to his daughter), 'Love the moment' and 'Silent prayers', to name a few.

"I am very happy with the participation of Cartaya in the album. We had long wanted to play together and this time it was given to us. Oskar is one of the best bass players and we have known each other for many years. On the other hand, it is an honor to have in my quintet the saxophonist Almario, a veteran of the genre who has also been in California for many years; also Branly, Moraga, Castellanos and Santamar'a, "said the pianist.






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