To cap off a beautiful late summer night, I attended a set of forward thinking, rhythmic world/Latin jazz courtesy of a newly formed trio headed by pianist (and old friend and schoolmate of mine from university days) Jeremy Ledbetter.
In a program of mostly originals, it was like being taken on a boat cruise to various ports of call along the Caribbean and Latin Americas, sampling and tasting a fine gumbo of rhythms, beats, cultures, and pleasures.
Jeremy’s compositions and playing fused elements of Thelonious Monk, Chucho Valdes and Oscar Peterson into a style that is truly organic and uniquely his own. Starting with Little Bell, he cooks with a fine rhythm section of bassist Rich Brown and percussionist Luis Orbegoso that brings a driving groove to the music and keeps the audience wanting more of this exotic cuisine of music.
The classic Sonny Rollins composition “St. Thomas” has been taken into a 7/4 groove that leads into a very rhythmic and tribal percussion solo by the master of the conguero, Luis Orbegoso. “Her New Wings” features a duo with melodica and bass by Rich Brown in which he plays chordal patterns on the bass and does effective pedaling to set a foundation for Ledbetter’s moving melody on the melodica. His new composition “Mais Un” is a funky, exciting Brazilian clave composition that will make you want to jump on your feet and dance to the music, while “Two Cousins” closes the night fusing both elements of Afro-Cuban and Reggae beats into a highly original piece.
After all these years, Jeremy Ledbetter is becoming a fine expert and practitioner of the Latin jazz sound, and his forward thinking music should be experienced, not just heard, whenever he plays in town.
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(Jeremy Ledbetter, Rich Brown, Luis Orbegoso)