By: Dave Rogers, WTJU

Josean Jacobo & Tumbao – Cimarron (E7 Studios): “Hailed as “The Ambassador of Afro-Dominican Jazz”, pianist & composer Josean Jacobo is bringing the music and culture of the Dominican Republic to an international audience. His group “Josean Jacobo & Tumbao” creates an atmosphere rich in Afro-Descendant folkloric idioms and jazz….” ( This is his third release. In addition to Jacobo (piano), members of Tumbao include Rafael Suncar (tenor sax), Daroll Mendez (bass), Otoniel Nicolas (drums) and Mois Silfa (percussion). Five of the songs were composed by Jacobo and the others range from the traditional to John Coltrane’s “Lonnie’s Lament”. The music flows throughout, much like water flowing in a gentle stream.

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