28-year-old Cuban pianist Tony Perez is one of the very finest jazz pianists to come along and this colorful and enchanting CD collection of 11 selections will introduce him to jazz audiences. At one time, he was considered the rebel student of Cuba's National School of Arts, and fortunately for us, his great piano talent has been discovered by the world jazz community.
Born in Sancti Spiritus, Cuba, Tony Perez revealed his musical gifts at an early age and later began working with Isaac Delgado, among others. In late 1998, Tony Perez toured in Europe with Paco Sery and Ruben Dantas. He has worked with internationally-known pianist Jesus Chucho Valdes, Arturo Sandoval, and Paquito d'Rivera.
Selections on this CD include "Picadillo," the wonderfully intricate "Encanto" composed by Tony Perez, "Analogico," "Jazzy," "A la Antigua," "Ninon," "La Diferencia," "La Danza," "Mi China," "A Puerto Padre Me Voy," and "Kay' Nah." As a composer, he has a complex and richly sensitive approach to jazz themes, and each song reveals a different musical side to Perez. An example of how Perez composes is the complex duet work he and trumpet player Miguel Valdes create together in the hauntingly lovely song composed by Perez titled "Analogico," which has a playing time of 6:15 minutes.
Tony Perez has a unique and enjoyable playing style on the piano that sets him apart from the herd, something uniquely special in those fingerings and phrases and runs that says, This is one fine jazz pianist without peer. If you would seek a new jazz pianist with imaginative and sensitive playing, please take a listen to Tony Perez. You won't be disappointed in his piano playing. One of the gems on this CD is Perez's composition titled "A la Antigua" which nicely showcases the wide range of Perez's ability as an original pianist. This song deserves air play time!
This is a five-star CD collection. Richly imaginative, lively, and sensitive. A flawless recording. Excellent musicianship abounds.
Tony Perez, the young pianist from Cuba, is a world class jazz pianist. Perfect listening enjoyment for anytime and anywhere.