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Mar 15, 2015

As unfathomable as it seems, Cuban pianist (and composer, producer & educator) Aruán Ortiz has the same 24 hours in a day as everyone else. The proof is evident in everything he's accomplished since his 2008 New York arrival. During this period he's released five albums--- three in 2012! From Alameda in 2010 to his most recent album, Banned in London with the Michael Janisch Quintet in 2012. Ortiz can as easily be found leading his own quartet or in a duo with fellow pianist Bob Glück or as a sideman with talents like Esperanza Spalding and Don Byron. His acumen and versatility allows him to flow seamlessly from setting to setting and genre to genre including jazz and experimental. Ortiz has been honored with numerous awards and accolades from The Guardian, JazzTimes Magazine, Doris Duke Artist Impact Award and Latin Jazz Corner’s Arranger of the Year.

2015 will find Aruán back in the studio working on a new album and also the realization of his long form ensemble piece at Harlem Stage, Inside a Rhythmic Falls, which was inspired by a Haitian-based African Minuet form now standard as Tumba Francesa in Cuba.

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Talk Music Talk Playlist/020: Aruán Ortiz Edition: This week's Spotify playlist features Aruán Ortiz in a variety of jazz settings---with his quartet, duo and even as a sideman on singer/bassist Esperanza Spalding's Junjo. Selections were cherry-picked from four albums with a nod in mood to a lazy Sunday afternoon. Enjoy!                                                                                 


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