If ever an artist could be called an octopus, Luis Bonilla is it. The California raised, Costa Rican trombonist, composer and arranger has sought out, taken in and mastered an incredible array of musical styles. His success as a sideman with such greats as McCoy Tyner, Dizzy Gillespie, Lester Bowie, Tom Harrell, Freddie Hubbard, Astrud Gilberto, Willie Colon and Toshiko Akiyoshi attests not only to the skill and variety of Bonilla’s talent, but also to a mind restlessly committed to exploring some of the most complex and demanding music of our time.
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“Luis Bonilla shows remarkable creativity and versatility.. --New York Newsday
“Bonilla slips, slides and scurries around some mesmerizing patterns --Jazz Times Magazine
“Luis Bonilla is one of the finest trombone players on the scene today. No one sounds like him or writes like him, he is a unique and remarkable artist” --Grammy Winner Arturo O’Farrill