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Colombian Big Band-leader Gregorio Uribe has become a colorful fixture of New York City’s vibrant Latin-Jazz community. On the first Thursday of every month, passersby sauntering outside the Greenwich Village Zinc Bar can duck in to catch the songwriter careening across the stage with passion–playing his accordion and singing alongside the brassy support of a 16-piece ensemble roaring behind him.
Photo courtesy of Gregorio Uribe
Uribe’s debut album Cumbia Universal is set to drop October 2nd, but the arrangements have tasted air for close to a decade now.
The live performances can convert any listener, regardless of whether or not they’ve been exposed to the music before. Yet Uribe knew the time had finally come to bring the high octane energy of the stage into the recording studio.
Cumbia Universal is the result of that very ambition, stemming from a successful Kickstarter project that would find the ensemble performing the songwriter’s arrangements live in NYC’s Bunker Studio. The record features a collaboration from seven-time Grammy-winner Ruben Blades, and has earned Uribe a spot of Colombia’s list of “The 100 Most Outstanding Colombians Living Abroad,” joined by the likes of Sharkira and writer Garcia Marquez.
Expect the unexpected, an impassioned stew of traditional rhythms, eclectic voicings, and celebration set to dance from a kaleidoscopic soul that refuses to stand still.
But enough words, check out the tunes for yourself!
And don’t forget to check out the Discovery Artist feature on Gregorio Uribe!
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