Ruiz, Otmaro, Jimmy Branley & Jimmy Haslip
Blue Canoe, 2018, CD
Jazz Ruler Type: Fusion
O’s Notes: Venezuelan keyboardist Otmaro Ruiz brings a Caribbean element a cool retro feel on the Rhodes. Bassist Jimmy Haslip was a founding member of the Yellowjackets. Cuban drummer Jimmy Branly adds funky syncopated Afro-Cuban beats to the mix. The combination produces a fresh new sound that is somewhat familiar and enticing making“Elemental“a solid effort. Highlights are “The Waiting Game”, “Red Wall”, “Dig” and “Surreptitious Moves”.
Publicist: Blue Canoe