Digging Deeper: The Anatolian Side Of Cuba

by chipboaz on March 2, 2017

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We often look to the music of Cuba as an inspiration for much Latin Jazz, but we sometimes forget to look much further than that. The music of Cuba emerged from a blending of cultures with history that extends far beyond the island itself. We can follow that history back to Africa, but we have to remember that Africa is a large continent containing a number of different cultures. Arabic cultures have contributed quite a bit to the music of Africa that eventually made its way to Cuba, and consequently Latin Jazz. It’s an important connection in the music’s history that has all too often been forgotten.

The group Quartera has dedicated itself to exploring that sometimes untold history of Cuba with an unique approach to the music. Quartera holds some heavy hitters of Latin music in its line-up, including bassist Alain Perez – well known for his work with Isaac Delgado and Jerry Gonzalez – and drummer Robby Ameen – a longtime member of Ruben Blades’ Seis Del Solar and countless Latin Jazz groups. Rounding out the group is Emir Ersoy on piano and Altus Oncu on the Arabic Oud. The music draws upon melodies of the Anatolia region, harmonies of jazz, and rhythms from modern Cuba. It’s a potent and often fiery mix that can be heard on their debut release, Anatolian Side Of Cuba. This video finds the group performing music from the album live and showing us the power of digging deeper into the music’s heritage.

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Check out recent Latin Jazz videos:
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John Benitez Group Performing Bomba Lirica
Oscar Stagnaro Trio Performing Giant Steps
Three Pianos: Chucho Valdés, Michel Camilo, & Gonzalo Rubalcaba
Roy Hargrove & Crisol Playing Una Mas

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