Thursday, December 22, 2011

Alejandro Florez & Tibagui: Malandanza

Alejandro Florez's Tibagui exists to explore and expand upon the Andean music of the guitarist's native Columbia. Neither cumbia nor chichi, Florez's quartet use traditional folk melodies as starting points for very modern, sophisticated and engaging improvisations.

The musical tradition Tibagui springs from is primarily string-based, typically a trio including the Latin bandola and tiple, as well as guitar. Here, Florez has expanded the instrumentation to include wind instruments and percussion, each of which has long had its own place in Andean music and is, therefore, not at all out of context here.

Read my full review at All About Jazz.