Walking On New Musical Territory With Daymé Arocena

by chipboaz on March 22, 2017

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There are very few musicians actually doing something new with any type of music. Most people draw upon ideas and sounds that came before, mostly just following the path marked for them. Sometimes we’ll hear musicians take slight variations, adding their a small mark to the road while continuing to follow. It’s rare that a musician will create a whole new offshoot of the trail, walking upon new territory that started at tradition and ends somewhere else.

Daymé Arocena just released a new album, Cubafonía, which certainly walks boldly in new directions. There’s no doubt that Arocena has spent a lifetime with the traditional music of Cuba, but she’s looking at it through the perspective of a different generation. Her interpretation includes electronics, backbeats, improvisation, and more, leading to a powerful mix. At this point, I’m not sure what to call Daymé Arocena’s music – it pulls from traditional Afro-Cuban music, there’s an element of dance music in it, it often veers into jazz phrasing and harmony, and there’s strong undertones of rhythm and blues. Perhaps the best thing to call Arocena’s music is good . . . well, really good; check out this video for the undeniable proof!

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Check out recent Latin Jazz videos:
Remembering Dave Valentin (Part 5): Obsesion
Remembering Dave Valentin (Part 4): Solo Flute
Remembering Dave Valentin (Part 3): Manteca
Remembering Dave Valentin (Part 2): Orquesta Libre
Remembering Dave Valentin (Part 1): Oasis

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