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East London 6-piece Time Zone has been mixing traditional Afro-Cuban music with contemporary Jazz for some years now. The new album "Crossing the Line" is the result of experience and in-depth research into both musical languages, Cuban as well as Jazz. Cuban elements are re-assembled, as in collage, or mutated to fit odd meters more common in eastern Europe, yet still with a Cuban feel... the groove can change in mid flow, like suddenly turning a corner, a new view opening up, another way of looking at things. Since 2001 trumpeter/composer Loz Speyer has spent some extended periods in Santiago de Cuba, studying percussion, recording and transcribing, and working with local musicians. In 2005 he recorded three Time Zone pieces with a Cuban band, one of which was later released on the Babel label compilation "Now's the Time II". His collaboration with master percussionist Rafael Cisneros (of Ballet Folklorico Cutumba) resulted in the CD "Roots en Route" by Proyecto Evocación (2010 Spherical Records), recorded with a Cuban rhythm section following live appearances in Santiago's Festival del Caribe, 2009. www.cdbaby.com/cd/proyectoevocacion Back in London, Speyer's compositions for Time Zone express some of the surreal complexity of life in Cuba, and of the interaction and collision of Cuban culture with his own. And the music draws fully on the capabilities and diverse experience of six great musicians, who rise collectively to the challenge of playing it with enthusiasm and panache, and combine to make music of great subtlety and power. The album "Crossing the Line" is on Spherical Records, released 10/10/11 with Proper Music Distribution, available as downloads as well as CDs.
Thursday, September 27, 2012
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