Ruiz, Otmaro, Jimmy Branley & Jimmy Haslip

Blue Canoe, 2018CD
Instrument: Piano

Issue: 24.4

Jazz Ruler Type: Fusion
O's Jazz Ruler

Performance: 4
Performance Chart

Sound: 3
Sound Chart

Score Chart

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