Carlos Henriquez Performing The Bronx Pyramid

by chipboaz on December 13, 2016

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Bassists have a very unique role in Latin Jazz, which provides them with a full perspective on the music. The function of their instrument requires them to completely understand the rhythmic structures and harmonic movement of the music around them. They are also required to define the form of each song and help shape the dynamic curve of the music. On top of all that, they play their instrument through the whole song, regardless of whether they are playing a bass line or improvising. All these demands are a lot to manage, and bass players that do all of this well and been very busy with musicians. It’s not surprising that bass players and being great composers, and consequently, great band leaders.

Bassist Carlos Henriquez complete each of these tasks with skill and assertion, and as a result, he has been one of the busiest bass players in a Latin jazz and straight-ahead jazz for many years. Directly out of high school, Henriquez was hired by Winton Marsalis to hold down the bass chair in both his own quintet and the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra. That’s some serious straight-ahead jazz credibility, but it doesn’t end there – Henriquez has deep connections to Latin Jazz as well, playing with folks like Chucho Valdes, Tito Puente, Paquito D’Rivera, and more. He has taken many leadership roles over the years, such as serving as music director for the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra’s cultural exchange with the Cuban Institute of Music In 2010. It was really his 2015 recording debut as a leader, The Bronx Pyramid, that solidified his position in the Latin Jazz world. A fantastic collection of music, largely penned by Henriquez, combined with stellar performances from Henriquez, Pedrito Martinez, Rubén Blades, and more makes The Bronx Pyramid an unforgettable Latin Jazz statement. Today’s video features Henriquez leading his group through a performance of the title track – enjoy!

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