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January 2006
by Glenn Astarita
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Edsel Gomez
Cubist Music

Pianist Edsel Gomez’s third date as a leader transmits unparalleled development and focus for an artist just getting out of the gate. He complexly morphs Afro-Cuban jazz with a dictum (cubism) that mirrors the creative aspects of portraying an object from simultaneous viewpoints. And with clarinetist Don Byron, saxophonist David Sanchez and others of note, the pianist composed these pieces with multidirectional flows and knotty time signatures. He reformulates melodies into lofty improvisational forums. Gomez is most assuredly one to watch and along with his estimable band-mates, has created a work that looms as one of the more compelling jazz releases of 2006.