Sebastián Greschuk - trumpet/flugelhorn/compositions
Nicolas Boccanera - piano/Rhodes
Sebastián de Urquiza - contrabass
Matias Crouzeilles - drums
Greschuk’s sound is often reminiscent of Clifford Brown’s funkiness and Chet Baker’s coolness throughout. He recalls some of his more important influencers as Ambrose Akinmusire, Aaron Parks, Phillip Dizack and Walter Smith III as a few nods to the giants. His overall composition takes influence from the cool era mixed with slightly dark ostinato-based grooves.
Never disappointing is the dexterity of bassist Urquiza’s upper register playing. His playing on the record leads us the “wow” factor of the facility in playing jazz music.
Danceable darkness takes over the opening track as Boccanera begins is adventuresome solo. ‘La Espera’ immediately lifts off in a bouncy shared melody before “settling down” into a cool ostinato and now gently accompanied what was piano and is now Fender Rhodes. The evidence of Brad Meldhau’s influence can be recalled during the return to the piano during Boccanera’s solo.
The laid-backness of ‘Moñongo-Cherry’ gives us a view into how connected these four musicians are listening in heavily during the balladesque, open-textured tune, with trading solos every few phrases and ending in a frenzy melody shared by trumpet and Rhodes.
During the 2018 Buenos Aires International Jazz Festival, they were able to present this music ahead of hitting the studio.