ALEXEY LEON QUINTET “CUBAN CONNECTION”
Sedajazz records 2017
Recorded by Pablo Schuller at Millenia Studios
in Valencia, Spain
Mixed and Masterd by Pablo Schuller at SchullerSound
Photography by Antonio Porcar
Design by Jimenez de Nalda
All compositions and arrangements by Alexey Leon
except Silencio by Rafael Hernandez, Herido de Sombras by Ernesto Vega, Ragabop by Prasana
Alexey Leon – alto sax, tenor sax, flute, voice, congas
Carlos Sarduy – trumpet, flugelhorn, percussion
Ivan Melon Lewis – piano
Dany Noel – electric bass
Frank Durand – drums
Perico Sambeat – saxophone, track 1 and 4
Ivan Cebrian – guitar, track 7 and 8
Matthew Baker – double bass, track 4, 8
“Cuban connection” is a tribute to Cuba - the place where I was born. It is a tribute to my native culture.
Each composition is a small story told with language of afro-cuban rhythmic tradition and contemporary Jazz.
“Guarachando” is a Cuban slang that means to have a good time, to have fun and in some way this song represents the spirit of the album.
Wherever you go you always take with you something from that place and this album it is my attempt to share with you the musical and the existential experiences I’ve been through.
Pam Pam Dansa & Alexey León Quintet "UN2TRES4"
UN2TRES4 arrives at an artistically ideal moment, given that all the circumstances are given to be able to offer a show at the same time as the company's line of work has always been: to create a quality show for all types of audiences through always original projects.
"Un2Tres4" is a co-production that emerges from the urge to unite live music by internationally renowned artists and Pampamdansa dancers sharing the best of themselves, through compositions of various jazz styles, latin Jazz, Afro Cuban Rhythms and boleros and all this based on respect for tradition and looking for new contemporary languages.
The show includes a total of 26 artists (17 dancers and 9 musicians). Among the musicians is Alexey Leon Reyes, saxophonist, flutist, singer Cuban-Russian composer, and author of the album that appears in the show "Cuban Connection." Alexey Leon earned his master's degree in contemporary music at Berklee College of Music and a bachelor's degree in music at the Gnesin music academy in Moscow.
According to his own words, this is a "very melodic music based on the afro-Cuban rhythmic tradition, improvisation and the language of contemporary jazz." Each composition is inspired by an experience that has left a mark on the artist; people, moments, places.
Ivan Melón Lewis on the other hand is on the piano. He has been nominated several times in the Grammy Awards (and already has 3 of these awards) and is recognized as one of the most influential pianists of his generation. This Cuban of origin resides in Spain since 1998, and has collaborated with Spanish and European artists such as Joan Manuel Serrat, Joaquín Sabina, José Luis Perales, Sole Giménez, Charles Aznavour, Mariza and Buika.
Also outstanding is trumpeter Carlos Sarduy, one of the most brilliant and international Cuban musicians, collaborator of numerous jazz musicians such as David Murray, Chucho and Bebo Valdés, Esperanza Spalding and currently trumpet player of the group Ojos de Brujo. The trumpet of Sarduy can also be heard on recordings by artists of other styles such as Lenine, Ainhoa Arteta, Mariza or Concha Buika, and in films such as 'The skin that I live' by Pedro Almodóvar, or 'Chico y Rita' by Fernando Trueba.
Complete the quintet bassist Dany Noel, specialist in Cuban rhythms, and Frank Durand, Cuban drums and percussionist, resident in Toronto and Barcelona.
Cuba meets Russia, Sedjazz 2015
I have been privileged to witness the formation and growth of most of the compositions on this recording, clever mix of music of his Russian and Cuban origins. Sincere and beautiful music to be enjoyed in full.
Cuba meets Russia, Sedjazz 2015
Yo considero este álbum una manifestación de amor que viene de algunas facetas destacadas de mi vida: personas, sitios, música y experiencias existenciales de los que han quedado impregnadas.
Es una colección de música que he escrito para mi quinteto teniendo en mente un sonido muy especial basado en la tradición rítmica afro-cubana, la improvisación y el lenguaje del jazz contemporáneo. Cada composición es una pequeña historia.
Música sincera y bella para ser disfrutada en su totalidad.
Una de las mejores formaciones del jazz latino del momento.
Europapress/Teatro Cervantes, Malaga
Los músicos que han tocado en este proyecto son grandes amigos, cómplices en este discurso. Increíblemente diferentes, con influencias variadas, cada uno aporta su talento y visión para completar el cuadro musical y dejar un rasgo único e irrepetible.
Alexey León: Saxo Alto, Saxo soprano, flauta, voz
Voro Garcia – trompeta en Mi Changui
Toni Belenguer - trombon en Conga para Mariano
Francisco “Latino” Blanco – saxo barítono en Conga para Mariano
Javier Vercher – saxo tenor en Mi Changui
Piotr Orzhechowski – piano en El Guije, Mi Changui, Lidia, Como Fue
Alberto Palau – piano en Zhivopisci, Conga para Mariano, Finiquito
Nick Zeigler – DJ station en El Guije
Aless Cessarini – bajo en Como Fue, Lidia, Conga para Mariano, Zhivopisci, Finiquito
Maxwell Ridley – bajo en El Guije
Ruben Carles – bajo en Persefone
Mariano Steimberg – batería
Vicente Espi - batería en Persefone
Cuarteto de cuerdas del Conservatorio Superior de Valencia en Lidia
Coro de niños de Sedajazz en Perséfone
Alexey León Ivan Cebrián Voro Garcia presentan:
Our trio started with a challenge, with an idea to bring together three musicians coming from different cultures, each one with a personal vision of music.
We asked ourselves how we could reach a full sound without using the conventional trio format instrumentation and since that moment we’ve been creating new ideas to reach our goal.
We use original compositions as a vehicle to start improvising, speaking the language of the contemporary jazz with interaction and an original approach.
Our set up includes a jazz electric a guitar, a trumpet, a flugelhorn, the saxophones, a flute and a voice along with loopers, pedals and different sound effects…
It’s a very flexible and versatile group; we try to look at trio format from a different perspective, challenging the conventional instrument roles and at the same time being able to play acoustic.