The Vitral Saxophone Quartet Performs Paquito D’Rivera’s Wapango

by chipboaz on February 2, 2017

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The saxophone is an instrument strongly related to jazz, and that relationship often locks us into specific imagery. We can easily imagine a passionate saxophonist standing in front of a small group, wailing away expressively for extended improvisational runs. There’s also the vivid scene where a row of saxophones riffs incessantly, fueling the fiery rhythm of a cooking big band. Then there’s the idea of a solo saxophonist, locked away in a room, practicing diligently for endless hours while they search for their artistic voice. All of these ideas are great testaments to the impact of jazz on our life – and in some cases, very real images – but it’s important to remember that they are not the end of the story.

The Vitral Saxophone Quartet is a group with an interesting approach that challenges many of our notions about jazz saxophone. The group consists of four Cuban saxophonists, now living in the United States – Oscar Gongora on soprano, Roman Filiu on alto and soprano, Alejandro Rios on alto and tenor and Raul Cordies on baritone saxophone. These musicians are each coming from a classical background, but they also are strongly connected to jazz. As a result, their performances are structured around the aesthetics of classical music but integrate jazz harmonies and improvisation. On their new album Kites Over Havana, the group explores a number of compositions from a wide array of composers, such as Cuban violinist Alejandro García Caturla. It also brings in a heavy jazz flavor from the inclusion of guest saxophonists Paquito D’Rivera and Yosvany Terry. It’s a great combination that challenges our concept of jazz saxophone in an extremely musical way, as you can see on today’s video, which features their version of D’Rivera’s “Wapango.”

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