Carlos Averhoff Jr is a Latin Grammy nominated Cuban tenor saxophonist, contemporary Afro-Cuban Jazz composer and educator.
All About Jazz Journal, names Carlos "a dynamic fresh new voice on the saxophone.” Latin Jazz Network portrays his playing as “quite extraordinarily expressive and beautiful.” Chip Boaz from Latin Jazz Corner paints a translucent picture of the album - “The significant impact of Averhoff’s musical background and the artistic decisions that drive his current performances are clearly audible in the richly conceived and passionately executed iRESI.” His debut album, includes a stellar group of musicians, guest artist Greg Osby, Francisco Mela, Aruan Ortiz and John Lockwood. iRESI was released under Greg Osby’s recording label Inner Circle Music.
Classically trained at Cuba’s premier conservatories, Havana native Carlos Averhoff Jr began his training at the age of ten and went on to attend two prestigious American conservatories, graduating with high honors in both. He took instruction from Jazz luminaries Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, Ed Tomassi, Frank Tiberi, Greg Osby, Bill Pierce, Jason Moran, Cecil McBee, John McNeil, among others.
His performance experience include collaborations with important names of the Jazz and the Latin Jazz world including Louis Hayes, Jimmy Cobb, Bob Moses, Horacio El Negro Hernandez, Jason Moran, Chucho Valdes, Dave Liebman, Bill Pierce, and Greg Osby. “iRESI is a Yoruban word that means the light of your soul; the lucky star on your shoulder; the innate energy within. May this music bring us all iRESI.” -Carlos Averhoff Jr.
RAUL DA GAMA
LATIN JAZZ NETWORK
This recording is one of the most visceral and heartfelt that Carlos Averhoff Jr. may have made. Read the full review here.
ALL ABOUT JAZZ
Carlos Averhoff, Jr. is a dynamic fresh new voice on the saxophone, a talented musician who affirms that often stated axiom "the apple doesn't fall far from the tree," who here, plants a firm foundation with iRESI, a compelling musical statement deserving serious attention which no doubt, it will certainly receive. Read the full review here.
BIRD IS THE WORM
Nice contrast of surging locomotion and light-on-its-feet lyricism to tenor saxophonist Averhoff’s quintet set. Straight-forward bop expressed in a variety of ways, while keeping a strong cohesion to the album overall. Strong line-up with alto saxophonist Greg Osby, pianist Aruan Ortiz, drummer Francisco Mela and bassist John Lockwood. Read here.
LATIN JAZZ CORNER
In so many ways, iRESI is an impressive debut that previews a promising future – with this in mind, Averhoff was kind enough to answer some questions about his background, the new album, and his future. Read the full interview here.
The rhythm team shows it’s celerity on the choppy “So far From Cuba” and bopping cops on “La Caldoza” with Ortiz getting some nice solo space. Adventurous without going overboard. Read the full review here.
BEBOP SPOKEN HERE
We've got Bossa, Latin - you name it, it's here. He can swing like yesterday or tomorrow...Check it out here - it's good!" Read the full review here.
SUZE REVIEWS THE BLUES
LIVE CONCERT REVIEWI realized I was part of what promised to be a special evening when I noticed that I was amidst many jazz luminaries, all in attendance for Afro-Cuban tenor saxophonist Carlos Averhoff Jr.‘s album release celebration at Scullers. What a celebration it was! There was much joy in the room that night, from the stage as well as from the audience. Read the full review here.