Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Dario Boente & Proyecto Sur @ Jazz Standard 7/24/12

I'm back in the saddle, at least for seated jazz shows.  It was a fun, lively Latin set of music.  I used to see Christos Rafalides Manhattan Vibes at the old Zinc Bar.  I loved having piano and vibes in the quartet.  It makes sense when the leader is a pianist.  The piano was phenomenal. There were some great bass solos and I enjoyed the drummer/percussionist.

The name of the band means Project South.  Dario describes on his website:
"Proyecto Sur" is Boente's "acoustic project" and reflects Dario's creative side in the context of piano trio, but sometimes using a forth element (percussion or a melodic instrument).
Projecto Sur's repertoire consists of Boente's original compositions , Jazz and Argentine standards, all strong influenced by Brazilian, Jazz and Argentine music.

From the listing:
DARIO BOENTE & PROYECTO SUR - "New Dimensions in Latin Jazz" 
  • Dario Boente - piano
    Christos Rafalides - vibraphone
    Boris Kozlov - bass
    Mauricio Zottarelli - drums
    Special Guest: Hernan Romero - guitar
The term "crossover artist" can mean many things. In the case of Argentine pianist and composer Dario Boente, it's shorthand for a musician as effective in playing romantic jazz tunes on a grand piano as he is in programming world-beat electronica. Since moving to New York in 1999, Dario has released seven albums and compilations as a leader alongside such top-shelf players as Antonio Sánchez, Miguel Zenón, and Ronny Jordan; and he's performed in more than 20 countries around the world. Tonight, our ongoing "New Dimensions In Latin Jazz" series presents Dario Boente at the helm of Proyecto Sur - an acoustic group whose repertoire encompasses jazz standards, Argentine classics, and Boente's sparkling original compositions. "Dario's performances are full of lyricism, rich harmonies, impeccable technique, rhythm and jazz vocabulary, all wrapped up with exquisite romanticism." (The Village Voice)

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