Virtuoso, but above all intensely grooving Cubans
Shared musical language
Music Meeting focuses this year on Cuba, and El Comité is one of the bands in the spotlight. In one sense it’s a band that creates razor-sharp grooves with boundless energy. Latin jazz at its most swinging. The rhythms are so pulsating and utterly compelling that the musicians must definitely be wearing their dancing shoes while playing. Yet that’s only half the story. Because beneath the exciting layer of rousing beats these musicians almost furtively ignite musical fireworks all the time. Not to prove they are virtuoso, but to demonstrate a shared and jointly discovered musical language in which jazz is just as important as Latin.
Stubborn as Davis
Not surprisingly, their first album was named after one of the most famous pieces, and quotes, by trumpet player Miles Davis: ‘So What’. El Comité translates that self-assured and original comment by the maestro Miles into self-assured and original music that blends numerous styles, genres and influences. That these players really mean business is proven by the brass solos. Sometimes fiery, sometimes subdued, yet always intense. So anybody in the mood, even with sore feet, can enjoy this music effortlessly. In the meantime, El Comité just keeps grooving.
Rolando Luna - piano, keyboards
Irving Acao - tenor saxophone
Carlos Sarduy - trumpet
Gastón Joya - bass
Yaroldy Abreu - percussion
Rodney Barreto - drums
These Cuban artists performed at Music Meeting Festival 2022 with the theme 'Cuba Upside Down'. Read more in our 'online magazine':