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El Jazz Mexicano

A 4 track latin & world jazz ep (14m 23s) — released October 3rd 2011 on Jazzman
Our never-ending mission to reveal the under-appreciated-yet-worthy-of-attention jazz masters around the world has now taken us far away and across the sea to Mexico. Not the first port of call you'd consider if you were looking for hard bop or modal jazz, but here we have found an incredible jazz drummer whose career has spanned over 5 decades, and is still playing to this day. In that time Tino Contreras has produced countless recordings, played on innumerable live dates, and has performed with various jazz groups all around the world. Yet he is still relatively unknown, and probably Mexico's best kept secret in jazz.

We introduce Tino on this 4 track EP ahead of a long player which will tell the whole story (and more). In the meantime, this hand-made LTD EDN EP contains 4 songs to present the wide-ranging musical skills of Tino as a jazz musician. There are latinesque ritual chants in Orfeo en los Tambores, avant-garde experimentation with a psychedelic subframe in Orbita, waltz-time jazz in La Noche de los Dioses and religiously-themed choral jazz in the song Credo.

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