FOLKLORE URBANO-THE TRIO and QUINTET
Pablo Mayor expands the genre of Latin jazz (after his initial CD Aviso with Andy Gonzalez on bass) with his renowned Folklore Urbano jazz ensembles. The Quintet presents a similar rhythm section behind the sound of his powerhouse orchestra on his earlier albums– David Hertzberg, bass, Nestor Gómez, percussion, Franco Pinna, drums, and Pablo Mayor on piano. Alejandro Berti, Venezuelan trumpeter, most often completes the quintet with his sensitive and tasteful interpretations of the melodies presented as a master of his instrument. Without horns, and in trio format, the group has recorded and performed throughout the NYC area. The group sheds new light on Pablo’s original compositions and arrangements of Colombian standards with more space for extended improvisations allowed by this jazz format. It is not, however, what one might expect from a typical Latin Jazz ensemble. In the signature style of Pablo Mayor, the folkloric aspect—the inherent groove—is the utmost priority, propelled by New York City’s (and Colombia’s) best-kept secret—virtuoso percussionist Nestor Gómez from Barranquilla, Colombia, with Franco Pinna’s mastery of applying Colombian rhythms to the drum set and Dave swinging on the bass. Pablo himself presents a fresh approach to the piano with his original Colombian method of piano playing which combines an in-depth study of Colombian rhythms with a long history of playing swinging Colombian salsa and charanga with maestro Eddy Zervigon and Orquesta Broadway.