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Hector Martignon, Jazz Camerata

- Jazz and Cabaret Performance Reviews

Hector Martignon
Jazz Camerata
WEBSITE
At Birdland
315 West 44th Street, NYC
212.581.3080
www.birdlandjazz.com
Gianni Valenti, Owner
Andy Kaufman, Business Manager
Tarik Osman, Manager
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Piano and Accordion: Hector Martignon
Bass: Armando Gola
Drums: Ernesto Simpson
Latin Percussion: Samuel Torres

Sax: Donny McCaslin
Trumpet and Cornet: John Walsh
Flute: Yulia Musayelyan

Violin I: Christian Howes
Violin II: Alan Grubner
Viola: Lev Zhurbin (a.k.a. Ljova)
Cello and Trombone: Dana Leong

Vocalist: Anahu


Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
May 18, 2004

Hector Martignon and his very talented musicians played the first two pieces of this second set at Birdland with a small ensemble. Foreign Affair was smooth and melodic, and McCaslin on sax carried the theme. Be Love brought the saxophone to a dissonant, driven and rocking rhythm, while Martignon skipped up and down the scales, landing on notes for extended effects. Gola, on bass, played a resonant solo with rapid fingering that merged into a clave, Salsa beat. A wild percussive riff, by Simpson, closed this piece.

A tribute to Duke Ellington, Melancholia, brought out the entire eleven-piece band, called Jazz Camerata. With strings, brass, woodwinds, and even one musician doubling on cello and trombone, Martignon and Jazz Camerata treated us with elegant string intonations, scintillating cello, tantalizing trombone, and eclectic, classical motifs. Musayelyan’s undulating flute filled Birdland with romance. Second Chance, contemporary and contagious, began with Howes on jazz violin, fused with ethnic melodies. The charismatic cornet and sultry, soprano saxophone played a complimentary duet, before Grubner’s vivacious violin took center stage.

Martignon presented an interpretation of Bach’s E flat minor Prelude, an elegant and impressive work for his Jazz Camerata. Arahu, a throaty Brazilian singer, joined Jazz Camerata for a sassy Samba, soft and seductive, with Martignon switching to a very sensual and exciting accordion. The next piece, also Brazilian, and translated as Smiling, was contemporary and dissonant, racing into a rarified, Latin rhythm. The very versatile Leong, on cello, extended this energized theme with music worthy of a Salsa crowd. The flute waxed Latin, and the piano-percussion combinations created a strong desire for a Latin dance partner.

Kudos to Gianni Valenti and Birdland once again for such a lovely and rare musical experience. Check the Birdland Website for schedules and upcoming performers. If you’re thinking of purchasing a new piano, check out Piano Piano on West 55th Street, NYC, or call 212.581.8140, and say you saw them on RobertaOnTheArts.com.




Hector Martignon Jazz Camerata
Photo courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Hector Martignon Jazz Camerata
Photo courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Hector Martignon Jazz Camerata
Photo courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Hector Martignon Jazz Camerata
Photo courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Hector Martignon Jazz Camerata
Photo courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Hector Martignon Jazz Camerata
Photo courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Hector Martignon Jazz Camerata
Photo courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Hector Martignon Jazz Camerata
Photo courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Hector Martignon Jazz Camerata
Photo courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Hector Martignon Jazz Camerata
Photo courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Hector Martignon Jazz Camerata
Photo courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Tarik Osman and Pedro da Silva, Composer
Photo courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower




For more information, contact Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower at zlokower@bestweb.net