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Elio Villafranca

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With the release of The Source In Between, Elio Villafranca once again demonstrates why he’s at the forefront of the generation of remarkable Cuban pianists, composers and bandleaders that for several years has been making major creative contributions to the international development of modern jazz. Leading a core quartet featuring tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander, bassist Jeff Carney and the Cuban drummer Dafnis Prieto, Villafranca presents a program of nine originals and a Latin re-mix of the CD’s title track that goes a step beyond the stylistic terrain he explored on Incantations/Encantaciones, his solo recording debut from 2003 that was named one of that year’s top 50 jazz CDs by JazzTimes....
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    The Caribbean Tinge: Live from Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola

    Motema Music
    2014
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    Dos Y Mas

    Motéma Music
    2012
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    The Source In Between

    Ceiba Tree Music
    2008
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    Incantations Encantaciones

    Pimienta Records
    2003
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Featured recording “Dos Y Mas”

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Dos Y Mas

Motéma Music (2012)

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Jazz Times Magazine 2003 Critics Picks Top 50 Best Jazz Album

“Growing up next door to a local cultural center... surely help to develop his loaded, technically superior, sharp and romantic pianism.” —JazzTimes

“It is not difficult to sort out Villafranca’s musicality, brute force, effervescence, topicality, virtuosic independence, patience, candor, and brazen delicacy… This recording is a welcome relief among both recent jazz and Latin jazz releases and it makes one wonders where Villafranca will go next. Wherever he goes, one must follow.” —All About Jazz

“Villafranca is at the level of his countrymen, Chucho Valdes and Gonzalo Rubalcaba.....

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