Fabian Almazan Trio w/ Linda Oh & Henry Cole
Fabian Almazan – piano
Linda Oh – bass
Henry Cole – drums
A recent Grammy-nominee, the Cuban-born, Miami-raised, New York-based composer’s daredevil piano technique has supported established bandleaders like Terence Blanchard, Mark Guiliana, Linda May Han Oh, Ambrose Akinmusire and Dave Douglas. Like roots seeking water, the music of Fabian Almazan ventures beyond the jazz club and the concert hall and into the streets, forests, and subterranean worlds.
Almazan’s focus on social and environmental justice is evident with his latest release, the breathtaking nine-movement suite Alcanza. Alcanza translates as “Reach,” and its Spanish-language lyrics are a call to do just that. While they reflect on moments of self-discovery and personal change in relation to the natural world, they also raise more basic issues of identity. “I hope that young Latino and Hispanic boys and girls view this album as an inspiration to aspire towards everything in life they want to,” Almazan says, in a recent interview with Latin Jazz Corner. “They should not have to think of themselves as anything other than equal to every single other human being in the world.”