Donald Vega
Spiritual Nature

$18.00

Donald Vega - Scorpion

 

The Nicaraguan-born pianist delivers big on his first date for Resonance Records, as he melds European classicism, jazz and Latin stylings into a cohesive whole.
– DAN BILAWSKY, All About Jazz

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Classically-trained in his native Nicaragua, Vega emigrated to Los Angeles at age 14 and began learning the language of jazz from mentor Billy Higgins at The World Stage and later with bassist John Clayton at the University of Southern California. Bassist Al McKibbon, a member of Dizzy Gillespie’s band of the late 1940s, subsequently took the young pianist under his wing and schooled him on the bandstand on the finer points of bebop. Vega met drummer Nash while working in McKibbon’s trio in Los Angeles. For Spiritual Nature, Vega imagined pairing Nash with bassist McBride, whom he had met in 2007 while attending The Juilliard School in New York. “The idea of having this tasty drummer with this killing bass player was so interesting,” he says. “But for them to get together in one place, it’s very rare because they’re both so busy. And when we finally got together, the music just played itself, like magic.”

“There is always a concern in the jazz community as to where and who will be the next piano voice. After listening to a pre-release CD, I’ve found him… Mr. Donald Vega!” -Ron Carter

Track Listing:

  1. Scorpion (7:04)
  2. First Trip (7:11)
  3. River (6:43)
  4. Spiritual Nature (5:54)
  5. Accompong (5:00)
  6. Future Child (6:35)
  7. You Never Tell Me Anything (5:24)
  8. Contemplation (4:21)
  9. Etude Opus 8, # 2 (8:15)
  10. Falando de Amor-Tema de Amor (4:10)
  11. Child’s Play (3:40)
  12. I Remember Clifford (8:15)

Personnel:
Donald Vega- piano
Christian McBride- bass
Lewis Nash- drums-
Anthony Wilson- guitar
Christian Howes- violin
Bob Sheppard- saxophone
Gilbert Castellanos- trumpet
Bob McChesney- trombone

1. Scorpion (7:04)
2. First Trip (7:11)
3. River (6:43)
4. Spiritual Nature (5:54)
5. Accompong (5:00)
6. Future Child (6:35)
7. You Never Tell Me Anything (5:24)
8. Contemplation (4:21)
9. Etude Opus 8, # 2 (8:15)
10. Falando de Amor-Tema de Amor (4:10)
11. Child’s Play (3:40)
12. I Remember Clifford (8:15)

Donald Vega- piano
Christian McBride- bass
Lewis Nash- drums
Anthony Wilson- guitar
Christian Howes- violin
Bob Sheppard- saxophone
Gilbert Castellanos- trumpet
Bob McChesney- trombone

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