A pianist with astounding technique and boundless imagination, Alex Mercado is acclaimed for his ability to write striking compositions and create vibrant sonic landscapes that have resonated with critics and audiences alike in his native Mexico. On Symbiosis, his second trio recording after 2012’s The Watcher, Mercado takes us on a journey through a vibrant musical world full of engaging melodies and the dynamic improvisations that typify the finest in contemporary modern jazz. Featuring Antonio Sánchez on drums and Scott Colley on bass, this album will introduce jazz aficionados outside Mexico to a virtuoso instrumentalist without peer in his homeland where he is the “1st Call” pianist of choice for Magos Herrera, Sachal Vasandani, Bryan Lynch, Camila Meza and other visiting artists. Mercado’s career highlights to date include being commissioned in 2010 to arrange, and perform as the featured soloist in, the orchestral opening to Sir Elton John’s concert at Chichen Itza with the Yucatan Symphony Orchestra; participating in 2011 as an arranger/composer on singer Magos Herrera's album Mexico Azul, recorded in NYC with John Patitucci, Adam Rogers, Tim Hagans and Luis Perdomo; and being chosen in 2012 by the Mexican government to inaugurate with a solo piano concert the iconic City Of The Books, one of Mexico City’s most important and historic landmarks.
BY BOBBY REED - DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE (August 2014) Editor´s Pick
Alex Mercado Trio, Symbiosis
2Pianist Alex Mercado is one of the finest jazz musicians that Mexico has produced. On his new trio album, he teams up with simpatico collaborators who are equal to his incredible talent. Bassist Scott Colley and drummer Antonio Sanchez know each other’s styles extremely well because they’ve recorded and toured together in the New Gary Burton Quartet, and they’ve worked in the trio format with pianist Enrico Pieranunzi. Here, on Mercado’s Symbiosis, the rapport between all three musicians is deeply impressive