YULIESKY GONZALEZ "KIND OF CUBAN"
With a profound knowledge of both the history of Cuban Jazz as well as the Cuban popular music, and the influences of Classical European music as well as crispy African rhythms, Yuliesky Gonzalez has a fluent ability to write new Cuban Jazz, with an elegance and variation that makes the listener hold the breath in enjoyment. He is capable of lifting the compositions to a level of such quality, that even hardcore musicians get inspired by the innovative tunes.
Classically educated in Camaguey, the young trumpet player started early performing with big names like Omara Portuondo and Felix Valoy, from Buena Vista Social Club, Rolo Martinez from Cubanismo, Grammy winner Rene Luis Toledo, Eddie Palmieri, Alexander Abreu & Habana de Primera, to name a few. Since 2010 he is member of Berlin Big Band and in 2011 he became member of the Kenyan artist Makadem, expanding the band to Makadem & The Afro Cuban Experience. HIs Afro Cuban Salsa band "Tierra Caliente" was established in 2010 and his Afro Cuban Jazz band "Kind of Cuban" in 2011.
It was a straight yes from the two capacities, guitar player Bjarne Roupe (Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Hermeto Pascual, John Scofield, Deedee Bridgewater, Eddie Harris, Toots Thielemans) and Saxplayer Tomas Franck (Joe Henderson, Jerry Bergonzi, Toots Thielemans, John Scofield, Eliane Elias, Bob Brookmeyer, Steve Swallow, Carla Bley, Ernie Wilkens, Art Farmer, Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen, Dick Oates, Django Bates, David Sanborn) to form part of Gonzalez' group.
"Kind of Cuban" feat Tomas Franck & Bjarne Roupe will be CD releasing in 2012.
Carolina Vallejo/One World