ALEX CONDE RELEASES NEW FLAMENCO-JAZZ ALBUM - “ORIGINS”
Alex Conde, Spanish flamenco-jazz pianist is launching his fourth flamenco jazz album “ORIGINS”, a fusion album from the roots and elements of flamenco (bulerías, soleáres), Afro-Cuban (guaguancó and rumba) and American jazz form. “ORIGINS” will be introduced for Pre-sales on April 13th and will be released to the market on May 11th, 2018.
‘This work is an exploration of the musical origins of this international pianist who has traveled the world and explored the roots of Afro-Cuban music and jazz from a flamenco perspective’, says Alex Conde. ‘With ORIGINS, I wanted to explore the mystery of the clave, which can be found in Spanish flamenco palos like seguiriya, bulería or soleá. These rhythms are unique and specific expressions from different region in Spain, where a unique melting pot of sounds and cultures (Jewish, Moorish, and Gypsy) co-existed for centuries’.
Alex Conde blends all these ingredients in compositions like “Bulerijazz”, a piece that combines the sounds, rhythms and flavors of a bulería de Jerez with a touch of the Jazz Messengers three-horns sounds in Caravan, bridging Jerez and New York City in one go. He also shows his colors on “Upper West Side”, a Tango flamenco (not to be confused with the Argentinian tango) that is not too fast, not too slow, and that merges the flavor of Latin-jazz trumpet solo improvisation with a traditional compás reminiscent of Granada.
For this adventure, Alex Conde had the fortune to team up with world-class artists from New York City, the Latin-jazz and Jazz “mecca” of the world - Conrad Herwig, Marcus Gilmore, Dayna Stephens, Brian Lynch, Luques Curtis, John Benítez, Camilo Molina and Guillermo Barrón. Alex also counted with the contribution of special guests like the renown Spaniard copla singer Alejandro Conde Sr. - his father, who lends his voice for a dramatic rendition of the Spanish classic “El Emigrante”, Ismael Fernandez, who leads the charge in “Soleá de Ismael”, and the up-and-coming jazz guitarist from New York City Andres Abenante.
The release of “ORIGINS” is done under the Uprising Music, a new record label dedicated to produce music that bridges communities from diverse backgrounds; transmitting traditions through generations and focusing on multi- cultural artists, primarily in or from the NYC-area, deeply rooted in the musical traditions of the Afro-Caribbean.
‘On his exuberant Uprising Music debut. Alex Conde showcases his diverse musical talents that glorifies his flamenco roots. His creativity and pianistic virtuosity will capture and satisfy a new generation of music lovers’, says Eddie Palmieri II, son and manager of Afro-Caribbean and Latin-jazz legendary pianist Eddie Palmieri, and one of the founding partners of Uprising Music.
‘From the moment I met Alex as my Flamenco-jazz teacher, I knew we will end up do something together. His pianistic style and profound knowledge of the flamenco genre made working with him an irresistible project’, says Frank Abenante, Executive Producer of ORIGINS, founder of FA BrandTuning and one of the founding partners of Uprising Music.
For this project, Uprising Music teams up Ropeadope as distribution and marketing partner. Ropeadope is an independent record label known for unique recordings that cross genres. Founded in 1999, the label has released over 400 recordings, and has been at the forefront of the new music business, tailoring a new model of artist support and unique social media strategies.
‘The transmission of human emotion that emanates from Alex Conde is sublime and powerful. Origins allows us to get lost in history and find our way back home to the present moment with ease. We are honored to present this music to the world’, says Louis Marks, President of Ropeadope
ORIGINS will be available in iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Deezer and all other digital stores on Friday, May 11th, 2018.
Friday, April 13th, 2018 - New York City.