Hilario Durán and his Jazz Ensembles
TorMusic is proud to represent Hilario Durán, Canadas finest Cuban Jazz pianist. Toronto is fortunate to have some of the worlds best Jazz Artists .. Oscar Petersen, Dave Young, Nancy Walker, Jane Bunnett, Hilario Durán, to name but a few.
We should note the versatility of this wonderful Latin Jazz artist. Whether performing as Solo Pianist, in Jazz Trio (piano/bass/drums), Jazz Quartet (add conga or female vocalist), or as leader of the Durán Salsa Band (10 piece), Hilario Durán delivers a fascinating array of Traditional Cuban Jazz, Modern Latin Jazz, and Fusion Jazz.
Hilario Durán performed with the Arturo Sandoval Band, as pianist, composer, and arranger, touring and performing at major jazz festivals around the world, sharing stages with such outstanding musicians as Dizzy Gillespie and Michel Legrand ..
In 1998 Durán moved to Canada and released his Habana Nocturna album, reviewed by Nat Chediak of Diccionario de Jazz Latino as a round-trip ticket from Cuban music to jazz and back; a landmark album of Cuban jazz in the nineties.
In Canada, Hilario Durán has joined forces with Jane Bunnett, most notably in her Spirits of Havana Afro-Cuban Jazz Band, with whom he has recorded several albums. Franciscos Song is a recent Jazz Trio CD recorded with Jane Bunnett. As composer & pianist, Durán has performed for the sound track of the animated cartoon George and Martha (Nelvana Production), and the recent film Tropic of Cancer directed by Ramiro Puerta.
Havana Remembered, a CD released in 2002 paid homage to Traditional Cuban Music and was nominated for a Juno Award. In July 2002, Durán joined with pianist Marilyn Lerner, in an explosive and original piano duet critically acclaimed by the press, a highlight of the Ottawa Jazz Festival.
With saxophonist Paquito DRivera, violinist Regina Carter and the living legend, Brazilian singer Leny Andrade, Hilario Durán has recently performed with the World Festival Orchestra at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.
"Durán is a genuine virtuoso, attacking the keyboard with an arsenal of devices that includes runs executed in octaves, block chords at fast tempos the energy that they create is a virtue in itself. Durán's creativity is heightened when he finds ways to challenge that vast technique."
Stuart Broomer, The Globe and Mail - Nov. 18, 2000
...Virtuosity in Cuba is also often matched of necessity to versatility. Durán is a case in point. His last band in Havana, Perspectiva, employed synthesizers and played fusion-jazz, while his Canadian recordings are replete with traditional jazz references -that's a quote from the classic 'Stormy Weather', for example, in 'Autumn Nocturne' on Habana Nocturna'- and contemporary jazz harmonies."
Mark Miller, The Globe and Mail, Toronto
"Hilario Durán is an unparalleled pianist, as well as being a composer and arranger of the first order... one of the greatest Stone and Spin Cuban pianists of this 20th Century.
With what old-time barrelhouse and boogie players used to call 'a left hand like God', and a fertile harmonic and melodic imagination, Durán shines..."
Robert Palmer, Writer & Critic
"Beginning the session with ., Durán showed how adept he is at making the fusion of Latin rhythms, African roots and North American jazz a musical event that's refreshing, a jumping-off point for innovative experiment."
Geoff Chapman, The Toronto Star - May 30, 1997
"Durán's signature showed itself. It is a lightning-fast right hand that darts out and ignites bursts of aural fireworks. Contrasted against jagged rhythm patterns played in the middle register, these explosions are like joyous shrieks heard at carnival time"
James Hale, The Ottawa Citizen - July 21, 1996
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