By EDWARD BLANCO, All About Jazz
Tenor saxophonist Carlos Averhoff, Jr. draws on a rich cultural tradition blending infectious Afro-Cuban rhythms with intricate melodies delivered in a hard-driving manner on his impressive modern-styled, Latin jazz-tinged iRESI. A classically-trained musician from Cuba and the son of Miami-based saxophonist Carlos Averhoff, Averhoff, Jr. now resides in Boston after graduating from the prestigious Berklee College of Music and is a now an educator on the Berklee faculty and also teaches at the Concord Conservatory of Music. His career as a performer actually began in Cuba playing with pianist Roberto Fonseca among others and recording with the renowned Buena Vista Social Club before sharing the stage in the United States with the likes of fellow Cubans Chucho Valdes and Paquito D’Rivera along with jazz luminaries Dave Liebman, Jimmy Cobb, Louis Hayes and alto saxophonist Greg Osby who appears on this album as special guest.
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