Flamenco Sketches

Spanish piano master Chano Dominguez has been rewarded with a Grammy Nomination for his March 1, 2012 Blue Note Records release entitled “Flamenco Sketches“.

“Flamenco Sketches” is Chano’s re-interpretation of the most famous album in jazz history: Miles Davis “Kind of Blue”. It was originally commissioned by Barcelona Jazz Festival and recorded Live at the Jazz Standard in NYC.

While there’s no shortage of Miles Davis tributes floating around, “Flamenco Sketches” has been lauded by the press for standing on it’s own (four or more?) feet, essentially since Chano Dominguez own signature style of fusing the languages of Flamenco & Jazz is so strong and unique. Here’s a couple of press quotes to illustrate:

New York Times: “A cultural re-imagining of “Kind of Blue”

Wall Street Journal: “Chano Dominguez is playing these melodies with more beauty and imagination than virtually anyone since Miles Davis & Bill Evans”

Boston Globe: “Flamenco Sketches is a percussive marvel”

Los Angeles Times: “It’s still Miles – but it’s miles away from what’s already been done”

Chano Dominguez is not new to the Grammy’s. He’s won a Grammy for his work in the movie Calle 54 (a video from which can be seen here), and has also been nominated for his 2009 album “Piano Iberico” as well as for an album with Spanish singer Martirio entitled “Acoplados“.

We congratulate everybody that’s been an essential part of this album’s creation for this nomination: First and foremost Chano Dominguez and his fellow musicians on the album:

Blas Cordoba: Vocals & Percussion

Mario Rossy: Bass

Israel “Piraña” Suárez: Cajón

Tomás “Tomasito” Moreno: Dance (actually sounds like percussion)

And then Joan Anton Cararach & the team from Barcelona Jazz Festival, Seth Abramson and the team from Jazz Standard, and, of course, Bruce Lundvall & the entire team at Blue Note Records.

We also congratulate Chano’s fellow nominees:

The Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Big Band: “iRitmo”

Bobby Sanabria Big Band: “Multiverse”

Luciana Souza: “Duos III”

Manuel Valera New Cuban Express: “New Cuban Express”

Chano Dominguez Flamenco Sketches is also available for purchase on CD in the Wommusic Webshop here. And you can check all the Grammy jazz nominees by clicking here.

If you are planning to be in New York City from January 8-13, 2013, then you can go hear Chano Dominguez perform the music from Flamenco Sketches at the famous Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center. He is bringing a fantastic band:

Chano Dominguez – piano

Blas Cordoba – vocals/percussion

Ben Street – bass

Dafnis Prieto – drums