GABRIEL ALEGRIA AFRO-PERUVIAN SEXTET

Peruvian trumpeter Gabriel Alegría champions Afro-Peruvian music. The hip asymmetrical bass line of Alegría’s El Norte is goaded by wonderful hand percussion and stickmanship on cajita from Hugo Alcázar and Freddy “Huevito” Lobatón.
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Amidst the Afro-Peruvian Sextet’s detailed fusion of Afro-Peruvian rhythms and jazz harmonies, lies a very authentic, “earthy” and honest interpretation.   The New York Times writes "on his sharp new album, trumpeter Gabriel Alegría teases out affinities between modern jazz and the African-influenced coastal music of his native Peru.” The extremes of Afro-Peruvian folklore from the coast and the spirit of jazz music coexist in a balance that is only possible by combining the types of charismatic (and idiosyncratic!) musicians that make up the Afro-Peruvian Sextet.