Definitely this year seems to be full of pleasant surprises, in this case we refer to the debuts of renowned players, first it was Andy Gonzalez and now the turn is for the Venezuelan trumpeter Raul Agraz .
Between Brothers (Entre Hermanos), a recording that appears for the AO2 Records label, is his first solo album. Agraz, who moves like a fish in the water for classical music, Afro-Cuban or jazz, settled in 1996 in New York where he began his studies with the great Panamanian trumpeter V'ctor Paz . If we made a list of the musicians Agraz has accompanied, we would never end, but there goes an attempt: Africando, Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Oscar D´Leon, Mingus Big Band, Johnny Pacheco, Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Ray Barreto, Ruben Blades among others.
Between Brothers had the participation of musicians of great prestige in The Big Apple, so we found the Cuban trumpeter Luis Papo Marquez , who directed one of the songs, Doug Beavers in the trombone, the Venezuelan pianist Luis Perdomo, as well as Ricky González and the percussionists Luisito and Roberto Quintero among others. Of the 10 issues of production 3 were written by Agraz ( BossAgraz , In a Sentimental Day , One Day at a Time ), the cut that gives title to the production was the work of Papo Martinez and Oscar Hernández contributed another number, we also found the classic Pedro Flores Obsesion .