Buyu Ambroise: Blues in Red

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Buyu Ambroise: Blues in Red

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NYT MUSIC REVIEW

CRITIC'S CHOICE
New CD's
by BEN RATLIFF

'Blues in Red'

Buyu Ambroise (Justin Time)

The Haitian-born jazz saxophonist Alix (Buyu) Ambroise, who has lived in America for the last 35 years, has made a remarkable record connecting jazz with the music of his home country. Mr. Ambroise has a strong, swaggering sound on tenor saxophone, and "Blues in Red" puts you a little bit in mind of David Murray's recent albums, connecting with Senegalese, Guadeloupean and Cuban musicians, but in contradistinction to Mr. Murray's virtuosity, Mr. Ambroise is a modest player. He's more interested in letting the carnival rhythms and melodies speak for themselves.

With a standard jazz quintet including a trombonist, he has taken pieces from jazz and from traditional Haitian music and put them together, sometimes in the same song. The fast, chugging Haitian rara rhythm anchors "One Note Rara," an exercise based on the Jobim song "One Note Samba"; the same rhythm is used in a version of Duke Ellington and Juan Tizol's "Caravan." And his arrangement of "Konbit Zaka," an old Haitian song, is especially stirring; a guest drummer, James Jean-Baptiste, sings the melody in a strange, stirring harmonic relationship to Frederic Las Fargeas's piano chords.

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Listen to Buyu Ambroise

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<a target=_blank href=http://haitiforever.com/winterludes/z-buy.shtml>Windows on Haiti invites you to listen to a selection from Buyu Ambroise</a>

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Haitian jazz

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Sun-Sentinel
By David Cázares
Staff Writer

December 17, 2004

Haitian jazz

The mail sometimes brings great new recordings. One of the latest to arrive at my desk is the superb new jazz album by Haitian saxophonist Alix "Buyu" Ambroise.

With Blues in Red on Justin Time records, the longtime New Yorker has delivered a masterful fusion of jazz with Haitian folk and popular genres, including roboday, djuba and konpa.

Ambroise creates a rich tapestry on which his quintet and invited guests can improvise, while infusing jazz with a pan-Caribbean flavor. His work brings to mind the fusion that occurred more than a century ago in New Orleans, where a diverse gathering of musicians helped create an art form.

Abroise plays tenor and soprano saxophones. Joining him on the CD are Frederic Las Fargeas on piano; Paule Beaudry, double ba
ss; Dion Tucker, trombone and Obed Calvaire, drums.

Also featured are Alix "Tit" Pascal on guitar; James "Tiga" Jean-Baptiste, Haitian drums and vocals; Khalil Kwame-Bell, percussion; Fito Vivien, kata drums and Emedin Rivera, Latin percussion.

The recording includes the tunes Konbit Zaka, a Haitian field holler song that like the American version is a precursor to the blues; Complainte Paysanne, which fuses jazz with konpa; and Caravan, composed by the great Puerto Rican trombonist Juan Tizol.

"The music on the CD is an impassioned gesture of reciprocation between Haitian music and American jazz," Ambroise says in liner notes, "a vision of the traditional folklore songs and anthems I grew up with, recast smoothly in a cosmopolitan jazz style befitting my New York experience, and that of other Haitian expatriates who have made their home in America."

It is expertly done.

Staff writer David Cázares' Latin/world beat column appears every other week in Showtime. Please send in
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