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Drummer Ernesto Cervini is making a name for himself as a consummate bandleader and in-demand sideman, repeatedly praised for his deeply musical, infectiously energetic talents. Time Out New York encapsulated Cervini as “a buoyant drummer as well as a sharp composer and bandleader, ” while the jazz bible, Downbeat described his fluid style as one that “exemplifies `float like a butterfly, sting like a bee’.” The drummer released There, his third album as leader of the Ernesto Cervini Quartet, in fall 2011. Reviewing the album, Modern Drummer magazine said: “Cervini recalls such old-schoolers as Art Blakey and Billy Higgins. . . It’s his robust, magnetic personality that fascinates consistently.”
Reflecting on his role as a drummer-bandleader, Cervini says it’s “more about being a drummer-composer in many ways for me. With a lot of my tunes, rhythm is the thing, but they aren’t all drum solos and pieces in 13/8. I’m not writing vehicles for my drumming prowess, or rhythm etudes. I’m trying to write engaging, involving music, whether the tune is playful or taps some deeper emotion. The time signature doesn’t define the music; the piece of music determines the rhythm. And with my band, the rhythm and time are elastic. We’re interacting with freedom, so the music flows naturally.”
There − Cervini’s first release via New York-based Anzic Records, following his albums Little Black Bird (2009) and Here (2006)− was recorded live, like some of the greatest albums in jazz history. The Ernesto Cervini Quartet features the drummer alongside saxophonist Joel Frahm, pianist Adrean Farrugia and bassist Dan Loomis. Of the recording, The Ottawa Citizen said: “On There, you can often practically hear the musicians smiling and reveling in their creativity and musical repartee. . . some superb, high-energy, spur-of-the-moment music.” A review in The WholeNote added: “Ernesto Cervini is blazing a path through contemporary jazz with smart new ideas and a burning intensity that shouts to be heard. An album that has be one of 2011’s best.”
Luis Gonzalez Deniz was born in Camaguey, Cuba on April 21st, 1983. In 1993, Luis started his musical studies at the Escuela Vocacional de Arte Luis Casas Romero in his hometown of Camaguey, where he subsequently continued at the Escuela Profesional de Musica Jose White. Luis later moved to the Cuban capital, where he graduated at the prestigious Escuela Nacional de Musica (ENA), the alma mater of several of Cuba’s most prominent musicians.While in Cuba he kept a busy schedule,both teaching saxophone at the National School of Music and playing locally and touring international as well,past dates includes a USA West Coast Tour(Los Angeles,San Francisco,California,2002)and several dates for the Bermuda Jazz Festival(Bermuda Island,2004).
Upon his arrival in Toronto in 2004, Denis has performed/ recorded with some of Toronto and International most outstanding musicians, including Mark Turner,Tony Allen(Fela Kuti’s Drummer) Hilario Duran, Luis Mario Ochoa, Paquito D Rivera, Horacio El Negro Hernandez, Reg Schwager, Dafnis Prieto, Francisco Mela, Barry Romberg, Rich Brown’s Quartet, NOJO, Roberto Occhipinti,Canadian Idol jazz Orchestra,The Art of Jazz Orchestra, Jane Bunnett, among others. Luis is involved in several upcoming projects including the David Virelles Quintet which he co-leads. As a Part of the David Virelles Quintet,he has performed in several major jazz festivals in Canada, winning the Grand Prix de Jazz General Motors at the Montreal Jazz Festival 2006,which lead to the recording of an album for the Canadian jazz label based in Montreal , Justin Time,the David Virelles Quintet Released their first album entitled “Motion” and it features New York tenor saxophonist Mark Turner,Tres player Pablosky Rosales,singer songwriter Jose Aquiles and Brazilian/Canada based multi-instrumentalist Celso Machado. He has also shared the stage with international figures such as Barry Harris,Howard Johnson,Ray Vega,Steve Turre,Randy Brecker and Donald Harrison.
Rich Brown has been an active member of Toronto’s culturally diverse music scene since 1992. He taught himself to play bass at the age of 17 by listening to artists such as Jaco Pastorius, Victor Bailey, Jimmy Haslip, and Alain Caron. Later, he expanded his vocabulary by drawing on influences outside the bass realm. In a recent interview Brown explains, “I wanted to sing like Stevie, play like Miles, and phrase like Scofield and do it all on this instrument.” Rich is one of the most in demand musicians in Toronto. He is currently a member of the JUNO nominated indo-jazz group autorickshaw and has performed and recorded with some of the finest musicians in the world including jazz vocalist Carol Welsman, Jane Siberry, Glenn Lewis, Dapp Theory, Steve Coleman & 5 Elements, James “Blood” Ulmer, Andy Narrell and Bruce Cockburn to name a few. He has appeared in the feature film “Glitter” starring Mariah Carey and the made for TV movie “The Natalie Cole Story” starring Natalie Cole as well as the television series “Soul Food”. Rich is currently at work on a new solo project called rinsethealgorithm and has appeared on over 40 recordings ranging from Jazz to Funk to Latin to traditional Asian and Arabic music. He can currently be seen in a feature interview with the online magazine.