Tito Carrillo's latest album, "Urbanessence" on Origin Records, is a must-hear. This trumpet player and composer is mixing it up, blending jazz, salsa, Latin jazz, gospel, blues, funk, and soul to create a unique and magical musical experience. Carrillo even included an original track from Phil Koceril to mix things up even more.
Carrillo's ensemble is a powerhouse, featuring himself on trumpet, Troy Roberts on tenor and soprano saxophones, Ben Lewis on piano, Clark Sommers on bass, Jay Sawyer on drums and cymbals, and Victor Gonzalez, Jr. on congas.
The "Fire & Ice" track is off the chain, with feel changes, sick melodies, and wicked dynamics. Carrillo and Roberts work together seamlessly on the front line, with Carrillo's solos being hella fluid and Roberts showing off his skills in technique and motivic development. The whole band is in the zone, bringing the composition to life through exciting solos and ensemble interaction.
And then there's "Crazy, Stupid Fine," which starts with a funky bass line from Sommers. The two horns weave through the theme with harmonic twists and plenty of rhythmic possibilities. Carrillo builds up the energy with his rhythmic patterns, while Roberts' lines get us moving and grooving. Finally, Lewis' smooth single notes bring everything together in a colorful and flavorful way.
Overall, "Urbanessence" is a collection of tracks that captures Carrillo's unique blend of musical styles. He goes beyond the traditional jazz routine to create a sound that's intense, rhythmic, harmonic and textured all at once. It's a celebration of his life journey and his ability to craft something new and powerful from his musical influences. So if you're looking for something fresh and exciting, this album is it!