Kim Nazarian (ARMENIA/US): vocals (New York Voices) Helio Alves (BRAZIL): piano (Joe Henderson) Marco Pignataro (Italy): tenor and soprano sax (Danilo Perez) Fernando Huergo (ARGENTINA): bass (Tom Harrell) Guillermo Nojechowicz (ARGENTINA): drums, vocals (Claudio Roditi)
Some of the Special Guests that have played with EL ECO: Jay Ashby (US): trombone Claudio Roditi (BRAZIL): trumpet Airto Moreira (BRAZIL): percussion Romero Lubambo (BRAZIL): guitar Luciana Souza (BRAZIL): vocals Diego Urcola (ARGENTINA): trumpet
EL ECO with Guillermo Nojechowicz - the Brazilian-Argentine jazz ensemble that has been called by writer Bob Blumenthal the seedbed of much of the Latin jazz scene in the Northeast (USA) - is now getting national attention following its broadcast performance on National Public Radio's Jazz Set” with host vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater (Grammy Award). Last year receiving standing ovations in Boston at Scullers, the band performed with trumpeter Avishai Cohen and Cuban pianist Osmany Paredes. Other performances have included the Curacao International Jazz Festival in the Netherland Antilles and the Telluride Jazz Celebration in Telluride, Colorado, with guest Airto Moreira. The Telluride line-up included Herbie Hancock and Terence Blanchard, among others.
EL ECO performed in Guillermo’s native Argentina at the Buenos Aires Jazz Festival. Performing with EL ECO in Buenos Aires were Grammy Award- winning vocalist Kim Nazarian, pianist Helio Alves (Joe Henderson), and bass- player Fernando Huergo (Marta Gomez). He also recently appeared at the Panama Jazz Festival with Artistic Director Danilo Perez, where he taught master classes in Brazilian jazz.
The high quotient of both jazz and exotic Latin American rhythms, performed
with warmth and deep understanding, makes El Eco's CD Two Worlds
uncommonly attractive. - Mark Holston, JAZZIZ
This is true world music at its best. - Ron Mason, KANSAI TIMEOUT/JAPAN
Guillermo's tunes are fabulous and I loved the performances on this disk. El
Eco's CD is simply fantastic. —Paquito D'Rivera
International clinician. Guillermo teaches at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School,
Cambridge, MA and at Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA.