What Brought You Here?
Label: Bebyne Records
1) What Brought You Here? (Intro); 2) Our Man Andrew featuring Quamon Fowler; 3) I Get a Kick Out of You (Verse); 4) I Get a Kick Out of You featuring Ashleigh Smith and Samuel Torres; 5) Bem-Aventurado; 6) Aún No Te Conozco featuring Pete Clagett; 7) All of You featuring Clay Pritchard; 8) What Brought You Here? (Trio); 9) El Hijo de la Portuguesa featuring Brad Kang; 10) This is for (Joan) Albert; 11) Faltando Um Pedaço featuring Lara Bello; 12) What Brought You Here? (Reprise) featuring Quamon Fowler.
Additional Personnel / Information
Young Heo: Acoustic Bass; Lupe Barrera: Drums (4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 12) and Bongo (6); Andrew Griffith: Drums (2, 7, 10, 11); Ashleigh Smith: Vocals (3, 4); Lara Bello: Vocals (11); Pete Clagett: Flugelhorn (4, 6); Quamon Fowler: Tenor Saxophone (2), Soprano Saxophone (2, 12), and EWI (12); Clay Pritchard: Tenor Saxophone (7); Aaron Irwinsky: Soprano and Tenor Saxophones (4); Daniel Pardo: Flute and Alto Flute (11) ; Samuel Torres: Percussion (4, 12); Brad Kang: Electric Guitar (9); Miguel Fernández “Cheyenne:” Percussion (9); José Cortés “El Indio:” Hand clapping and flamenco foot tapping (9); Sergio Gómez “El Colorao,” Javier Martos, Julián Heredia, Benjamín Santiago “El Moreno,” and José Cortés “El Pirata:” Hand Clapping (9); Nick Rothouse: Percussion (5, 11); John Sturino: Vibraphone (12); Luanne Homzy: Violin and Viola (6, 12); Alisha Bauer: Cello (6, 12); Sergio Pamies: Piano, Electric Piano, Melodica.
What brought you here? A whole decade has gone by since Sergio Pamies astonished audiences and music critics at Jazz en la Costa, the International Jazz Festival held in Almuñécar, on the Mediterranean coast south of the Spanish city of Granada. And since then, the young pianist hasn't been cashing in on his glory either, in spite of the fine training he's had in Spain and his many on-stage encounters with the great names of flamenco. Instead, our budding musician and composer dreamed up the idea of writing a doctoral thesis focusing on the dual heritage represented by Paco de Lucía on one side of the Atlantic and Chick Corea on the other. And to do it, Sergio bravely packed his bags and went to live in the land where jazz was born, with the goal of working with the masters. The result is that he has, today, earned the praise and respect of the most seasoned musicians on the American jazz scene. Sergio's close ties to the flamenco tradition of his birthplace and the finest American jazz professionals, as well as the meticulous attention he devotes to every detail of his music, have been the driving force behind his artistic blossoming. In his home country, Spain, Pamies is widely considered to be one of the most refined and versatile players on the scene. This recording, eclectic but heartfelt and unpretentious, stand as proof of this. Pamies, with his innate sensitivity, lends a deep lyricism to the past splendor of the bolero and its roots in the musical past of his native Spain. And to do this he has, for several numbers in this landmark recording, chosen some of his favorite musicians, including two outstanding vocalists, Lara Bello and Ashleigh Smith. In Sergio's performances, as well as in his arrangements and original compositions, he pays warm and grateful tribute to all-time greats like Cole Porter, Wayne Shorter, and Lee Morgan (the cut "Our Man Andrew” is clearly inspired by Lee Morgan's “Our Man Higgins”). And it's no surprise, with Sergio's classical background, that overtones can also be heard of Stravinsky and even Chopin. What brought you here? might just be a subtle way of telling us what Pamies feels about music, and even what he feels about life. That's what makes this record so soulful, and simply beautiful. Mariche Huertas de la Cámara
- What Brought You Here? by Troy Dostert