Street Date: May 31, 2019
Label: E7 Studios
Featuring saxophonists Jonathan Suazo and Rafael Suncar, bassist Daroll Mendez, drummer Otoniel Nicolas and percussionist Mois Silfa, Cimarrón testifies the explosive colors of the folkloric rhythms of the group’s native Dominican Republic. A follow-up to Tumbao’s sophomore album Balsié, Cimarrón continues to develop and fortify the sub-genre of Afro-Dominican jazz. Capturing both the rhythmic and melodic elements of the rich Dominican heritage, Jacobo - hailed as “The Ambassador of Afro-Dominican Jazz” - carries the banner of diversity and instills the ideal that love is the main force that today’s world truly needs. While the album’s debut single, "Mind Reset" will be released on March 29th, Josean Jacobo & Tumbao will celebrate Cimarrón at Club Bonafide, located at 212 E 52nd St, New York on August 2nd at 10pm.
Engineered, mixed and mastered by Alberto Santamaria alongside assistant engineer Edward Moreta at Nora Sounds LLC in NYC, Cimarrón was recorded at E7 Studios, Boston, MA. Moreta is also credited to the concept of the recording, having took the role of producer and executive producer. Inspired by the likes of David Sánchez, Miguel Zenón and Danilo Pérez, Jacobo and Tumbao create an atmosphere, rich in Afro-Descendant folkloric traditions and jazz - something that is insinuated at once, in the album’s title. “Cimarronaje” refers to the escape of black slaves across the Caribbean. Taking refuge in nearby mountains, these fugitives formed societies in which their African customs integrated with that of their Spanish masters - here, the genesis of the Dominican culture was created. On Cimarrón, Jacobo and Tumbao not only present the fruitful nuances of their Dominican ancestry, but reflect upon its roots, influences and evolution.
While Jacobo lends his compositional prowess to six of the album’s tunes, the pianist reimagines the remaining four tracks with fresh and original arrangements. Bamboulá, Salve, Congos, Bachata, Mangulina, Guloya and Pambiche are just some of the rhythmic references used by the composer. A stand-out piece on the album is "El Maniel" - its fusion of contemporary jazz with Congos de Villa Mella invites the listener to enter into the refuge of the “Cimarrones”.
Becoming the standard bearers of Afro-Dominican Jazz, Josean Jacobo & Tumbao are excited to introduce their audience to this collection of enriched, innovative music that greatly contributes to the universal language of jazz.
Derived from liner notes by Fernando Rodriguez De Mondesert.
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"These ten finely crafted tracks embrace the traditional rhythms of the small nation, with its coexisting musical traditions and sub-genres, and strengthens contemporary Afro-Caribbean jazz." Read the full review here.
"His piano soars and floats on the ten songs here, while the polyrhythms of the hand drums and other percussion give credence to a history of solid representation of the music of African souls who have mingled and transformed Spanish-derived sounds to create what we today know as salve, congos, bachata, and more. The language of jazz has broadened in this context, and this album is a distinctive beginning for new listeners." Review here.
RAUL DA GAMA
“Rippling jazz grooves form from Josean's piano, with a delicate curlicue of melodic and harmonic lines, as the rest of the group is roused lby the thunderous collision of Afro-Dominican rhythms.” Read the full review here.
NEW YORK CITY JAZZ RECORD
"Jacobo's use of AfroDominican rhythms brings unorthodox and consistently exciting results." Read the full review here.
“The music flows throughout, much like water flowing in a gentle stream.”
"It’s the blending of the folk melodies, the many indigenous rhythms, and the fusion of old school and contemporary that make Jacobo & Tumbao one of today’s freshest and most compelling sounds in Latin jazz." Read the full review here.
"This record is a treat for those who like their music infused with historic association but at the same time brimming with contemporary vitality and energy." Read the full review here.
RAUL DA GAMA
LATIN JAZZ NET
"Fortunately “listening” is not something you will have a hard time doing to the musical voice of Josean Jacobo as he and his band Tumbao create their musical outpouring on this magnificent album, Cimarrón." Editors Pick review here.
DEE DEE MCNEIL
"The group, Tumbao, digs deeply into the history of Afro-Dominican jazz. You hear the exciting rhythms and the African influence in Josean Jacobo’s expressive arranging." Review here.