WINNER AS "BEST JAZZ INSTRUMENTAL SONG" FOR THE 17TH ANNUAL INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS 2019
"Write Or Wrong" featuring Benito Gonzalez (Piano), Corcoran Holt (Bass) and Myron Walden (Sax ). Recorded at Systems Two Studios in Brooklyn, NY.
"HERE & NOW" Ivan Diaz latest recording
Review by Rosario Di Leo
Here and Now is the first, long thought out work of the latino drummer/composer, the first as a leader, we mean.
Here. Diaz's music travels on an not so imaginary boat that connects the Caribbean Sea to the Hudson River, crossing the Ocean, with a stop in Madrid.
Vitality and latin corazon - which is not just a cliché, Here - are overflowing, starting from the first track of the record (Write Or Wrong). Everything is under control, except the imagination. Rhythmic textures - not only those of the two countrymen Diaz and Gonzalez are commonly complex and sophisticated, but never one-way, never aim to themselves. The purpose is music, not else.
The "voice" of Myron Walden is definitely bewitching. Every single note of the saxophone is a cry of emancipation. A release from any oppression. The double bass player, Corcoran Holt, is a faithful, fixed, sure support; he never goes out of the track and when he is singing he knows how to do it.
Against a backdrop reminiscent of Hancock, Tyner and Hard-Bop/Modal styles, south american rhythms cleverly overlap with the open-voicing harmonies.
Melodic lines are "burning" and, even so, they are strict and "perfect".
The track 4 is a moment of reflection.
Aside from Maiden Voyage of Hancock, restyled, with a perceptible "freaky" salsa mood, the other tunes in this record, on the same line as his mentors, show that Ivan absorbed the "lesson", the one to be a drummer thinking as a composer.
Ultimately, the work of the musician from Caracas can be conceived as a musical metaphor for a complex but not automated system.
Everything is clear; everything is on its right place; all that shows that even emotions can be estimated.
No right and no wrong, but Here and Now. Like jazz.
Bravo is not just a surname.
THE MAKING OF THE "HERE & NOW" SESSION
Writing music for people who you have not met before is like writing a love letter for someone you don´t know, and playing with people for the first time is almost like a blind date. The entire process has been a great learning experience, and I am grateful that everyone at the session gave 110% and had a great time!