Imer Santiago : Hidden Journey

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Sell date: 8/2013
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 Notes & Reviews
Nashville is not widely known as a jazz town, although jazz has long been part of the country music capital's cultural fabric. Many musicians who earn their livings doing country recording sessions by day have played jazz for pleasure by night. The history of jazz in Nashville has been largely hidden, but with the release of trumpeter Imer Santiago's debut CD, Hidden Journey on saxophonist Rahsaan Barber's Jazz Music City label, the vibrancy of the Tennessee city's current jazz scene comes into shining focus. Santiago was surprised by what he found when he moved to Nashville from Austin, Texas, in 2007 to begin teaching music at Moses McKissack Middle School. 'I was impressed with the kindness of the people in the city,' he says. 'Music and the arts in general are well represented here. I thought that I would only find Country and Christian music, but there are tons of jazz cats here. If you want rap, it's here. If you want Latin, it's here. They're strong scenes, and they're growing.' Hidden Journey is the third full-length CD to be released by Jazz Music City. It follows Barber's critically acclaimed Everyday Magic (2011) and pianist Bruce Dudley's The Solo Sessions (2012). Barber produced Hidden Journey, and both he and Dudley, among the most creative and in-demand young jazz musicians in Nashville, are prominent on Santiago's CD. Bassist Jon Estes and drummer Josh Hunt play on all but two of the disc's 11 tracks. Percussionist Giovanni Rodriguez, who co-leads the Latin-jazz fusion band El Movimiento with Santiago and Barber, contributes his congas and timbales to two. El Movimiento guitarist James DaSilva plays on two others, and Imer's younger brother Ivan Santiago lends his electric bass to another. Nashville jazz veteran Rod McGaha joins Santiago on a second trumpet for 'Fourthcoming,' a modal Santiago composition that alternates between 6/4 and 5/4 time. Stephanie Adlington, a Jazz Music City artist who has recorded a jazz treatment of 'Tennessee Waltz' as a single for the label, is featured vocally on Santiago and Barber's laid-back arrangement of the Ray Noble standard, 'The Very Thought of You.' Santiago has known Barber for the past five and a half years. 'He's not only a great musician but a kindhearted, loving person,' the trumpeter says. 'I consider him one of my best friends and truly a brother. You may not associate Nashville with jazz or Latin jazz, but Rahsaan has an open mind to what the future can be. And he's an entrepreneur. All those things led me to ask him to produce this record.' Bassist Estes contributed to the making of Hidden Journey in three different ways. 'I hired him specifically to play bass,' Santiago says, 'but it ended up that he also mixed and mastered the record and was the photographer for the picture on the CD cover.' Of drummer Hunt, who has been touring with bluegrass great Alison Krauss, Santiago says, 'In the two or three years he's been in Nashville, he's been picking up gigs left and right with a lot of different artists. He looks like a country guy, but he gets behind the set and swings like crazy.' Hidden Journey opens with 'Girls' Night Out,' a hard-shuffling Art Blakey-inspired 12-bar blues with an eight-bar bridge on which Santiago's gutsy solo suggests his fondness for former Blakey trumpeters Lee Morgan and Freddie Hubbard. Santiago originally wrote the tune as a blues, and Barber later added the bridge. The Santiago composition 'Flat 2176,' named for the street address of Ivan Santiago's house where Imer lived when he first came to Nashville, is heard in two different versions. The first, 'Flat 2176 (Para Puente),' sports a four-man horn section, is dedicated to Tito Puente, and is given a Latin-jazz treatment that's not unlike the music Santiago plays in El Movimiento. The second, 'Flat 2176 (For Miles),' is rendered without piano at a fast straight-ahead clip and was recorded at the end of the session in one take. Santiago utilizes a Harmon mute, much as Miles Davis often did. The modal Santiago-Barber song 'Hidden Journey,' which employs a partido alto groove aki

Girls' Night Out
Flat 2176 (For Miles)
The Very Thought of You
Hidden Journey
Flat 2176 (Para Puente)
What a Wonderful World
Keegan's Prelude
Lonely Nights
Keegan's Lullaby