Born: October 29, 1969 Primary Instrument: Saxophone
Anibal Rojas is a saxophonist with indigenous roots in a modern world. His is the music of the immigrant, the sound of assimilation and integration, the blending of cultures, classes, and musical traditions.
Born in Chile, Rojas emigrated to the U.S. in his early teens. His parents, fleeing political persecution, bought him a saxophone and signed him up for music lessons to keep him out of trouble. To supplement the family's income — his father's modest doctoral student stipend— Rojas spent his summers as a migrant worker in Iowa's cornfields. All the while, he was learning too — English and music. He scored a full music scholarship auditioning on a horn that was held together with rubber bands and four years later scored a degree in music performance from the University of Iowa....
Rating 4 Off the Hook!
World Class World Music –Skip Spratt/Sax Shed Rojas’ new release features his pure tenor sound, world percussion, and ethnic flutes. The native Chilean turned Philadelphian - by way of Middle America - has a unique sensibility. His tenor soars over the percolating drums and percussion and ethnic flutes. Rojas can burn on the tenor but also knows when to let his sound speak more than his technique.
Rojas has put together a world class, world music influenced CD with ah- knee-ball. He clearly demonstrates that he has many diverse voices all within this one musician’s soul.
Can't Stop Listening... –Bill Harris/The Harris Brothers I LOVE THIS CD! It's all I listen to anymore! Everybody reading this should but a copy right away! It's awesome.
A Must-Have Jazz CD! –Bernie Kenerson This is a wonderful must have CD for any jazz collection. Anibal’s tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, EWI, and ethnic flutes are all his own. It’s like taking a vacation to an exotic jazz island with someone that reminds you of an old friend as a guide. As the guide leads you on a grand tour of this sonic paradise you experience things that take you away from your everyday life. The varying landscapes of the island are the songs on this CD and the guide that reminds you of an old friend is Anibal Rojas. I say he’s like a familiar old friend because his gorgeous tenor sound comes from the Brecker-Berg- Mintzer school. But be certain that Anibal shines through and by the end of the tour he will be a new friend. The rhythm section supports Anibal’s melodies and solos perfectly, never getting in the way or drawing unnecessary attention to themselves and when called on to solo they leave you wanting more.
Top-Notch EWI Chops –Windcontroller No question, some of the best music I have heard. Really, really top notch.
A Distinctive Profile in Jazz & World Music –TAXI I like the blend of indigenous Andean elements and comtemporary jazz. To my ears, the parts all work well togehter. The ensemble sounds excellent overall; great feel as far as the rhythm section. Sax solo lines sound assured and masterful throughout. The production sounds radio ready and could appeal to smooth jazz, contemporary jazz, and world music playlists. It could also be viable for soundtrack uses and film/TV placements. I think yo've got a good angle on creating a distincy profile for yourself in jazz & world music genres.
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