Eddie Reyes is a long-time jazz guitarist who also specializes in flamenco guitar. Traveling often to Spain to study with the masters and eventually to record there, he now combines his love for jazz with a passion for the special world of flamenco. In addition, he has a strong affinity for the world of Afro- Cuban percussion, especially the captivating and mystical rhythms of Bata, a music that derives from sacred ceremonies.
He composed and produced the world jazz CD, LOST WORLD, utilizing percussion instruments used in these sacred ceremonies, with a compositional sensibility derived from jazz and classical worlds along with a healthy dose of Flamenco inspiration. LOST WORLD is an eclectic collection of original music that combines the deep and complex sonic architecture of flamenco and Afro-Cuban bata with the depth and dynamism of jazz. Special guest musicians joining him on Lost World include the Cuban pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Trumpeter Wallace Roney, Drummers Alex Acuña and Aaron Serfaty, Percussionist Ricardo Isaac and Bassist Rene Camacho.
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JAZZ TIMES REVIEW by BILL MILKOWSKI
Lost World (Gemini Rising)
Bay Area native and Berklee grad Eddie Reyes seamlessly melds authentic-
sounding Spanish flamenco with Cuban bata and touches of Brazilian,
Argentinian, Puerto Rican and Caribbean styles on his second outing as a
leader. An accomplished player-composer-arranger-conceptualist, Reyes
shifts easily from fingerstyle flamenco guitar workouts on the dramatic
buleria “Muana” and the stirring solea “Lalun” to fleet-fingered electric guitar
licks on high-flying, Latin-flavored fusion offerings like the spirited bomba “I
Remember Esperanza” and the driving “Highland Conga.” Gonzalo Rubalcaba
applies his signature touch to the bata-fueled opener “Beast on the Moon”
and the title track, a percolating guaguanco that has him stretching in
typically heroic fashion on piano
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