By Hrayr Attarian, Chicago Jazz Magazine
Chicago based drummer and composer Gustavo Cortiñas’ third release as a leader, the magnificent Desafio Candente is an ambitious work both in depth and breadth. Cortiñas draws inspiration from Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano’s iconic “The Open Veins of Latin America” in crafting these 14 sublime originals . Various musicians and speakers from several countries augment the core sextet giving the music a captivating theatricality and infusing it with vibrant folk motifs. Read more here.