The Cuban (Original Music from the Motion Picture) Hilario Dúran
- 1The Cuban (Opening Theme)03:33
- 2El Canonero04:14
- 3Quizás, Quizás, Quizás (ft. Alberto Alberto)02:33
- 5Mambo In Dominante03:50
- 6Havana Love01:36
- 7Luis Daydream02:10
- 8Mambo Rico03:05
- 9The Great Escape03:02
- 10El Milagro02:38
- 11En Un Beso03:05
- 12Quizás, Quizás, Quizás (Havana Lounge) (ft. Ana Golja)02:32
- 13The Red Dress01:06
- 14Descarga En Changui03:11
Info for The Cuban (Original Music from the Motion Picture)
Juno nominated for his album “Contumbao”, Hilario Durán is going back to his roots to take us on a trip to Cuba: where every era has seen new musical revolutions, influencing the way music has been played across the world. Experience the tradition of Afro-Cuban music with mojitos and appetizers in hand!
Cuban-Canadian Juno award-winning, Grammy nominated pianist Hilario Duran, is one of the premier exponents of Latin Jazz. Maestro Duran grew up in Havana in a musical family and began working as a professional musician in Cuba’s Los Papa Cun-Cun Ensemble. Later on he was Chucho Valdés’ chosen successor in Cuba’s most modern band, ‘Orquesta Cubana de Música Moderna’. In the 90s, as a part of the Arturo Sandoval band, Duran toured worldwide and had the opportunity to perform with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie and Michel Legrand, among many others. Duran has since established himself in his own name garnering multi-Canadian National Jazz Awards, receiving the Louis Applebaum Composer Award as well as the Chico O’Farrill Lifetime Achievement Award, from Latin Jazz USA, for his outstanding contributions to Afro-Cuban jazz and Latin jazz.
One of Hilario's major creative partners has been dynamic Cuban trumpet player, Arturo Sandoval. In 1981, Sandoval formed his own group. Hilario was an integral part of this dynamic ensemble, acting as composer, arranger and producer, as well as playing both piano and electric keyboard. This popular and innovative group performed at major international jazz festivals and venues for more than a decade - sharing stages with legendary musicians such as the late Dizzy Gillespie and composer/arranger Michel Legrand.
In 1990, Hilario felt that it was time to form his own group, aptly titled "Perspectiva". The musically innovative ensemble performed to packed and enthusiastic crowds throughout Latin America and Europe. In addition, "Perspectiva" released two critically-acclaimed CDs, Tiembla Tierra and Buscando Cuerdas. A year later, Hilario made another creative connection that has brought him to international attention. As a member of Canadian multi-saxophonist Jane Bunnett's "Spirits of Havana", he performed in concert, and on the recording of the same name â�¦ which subsequently won the Juno Award for Best Latin Jazz Recording. Always looking to stretch his creative boundaries, Hilario Duran released his first solo piano CD, Francisco's Song in 1996 on the Montreal-based "Justin Time" record label. A follow-up project for "Justin Time", Killer Tumbao, was released in 1997, and featured an array of Cuban musical giants, including legendary percussionists Changuito and Tata Guines. The CD was a huge hit, garnering raves for critics and the public alike, as well as a saturation of airplay in both Canada and the U.S. 1998 was a year of transition and creativity for Hilario Duran. After re-locating to Canada with his family, he released Habana Nocturna, which noted author Nat Chediak referred to as "A landmark album of Cuban jazz in the 90's".
Since his move to Canada, Hilario Duran has become an integral and important part of the Canadian music scene, and is a invaluable member of the jazz faculty at Humber College, acting as both an adjunct piano professor and ensemble director. He has continued to work in collaboration with Jane Bunnett, appearing on a number of her recordings, and has also acted as a composer, arranger and pianist for both feature films and animated cartoons. In 2000 and 2001, Hilario appeared internationally with a variety of performance groups, including an appearance at "The Modern Drummer Festival" with Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez, John Patitucci and Michael Brecker, also, a memorable performance at The Barranquilla Jazz Festival in Columbia, as well as engagements with an "All Star" band that included heavy-weight musicians Dave Valentin, Juan Pablo Torres, John Benitez, and "Patato" Valdes. In 2001, he formed a cooperative Quartet with his long-time musical brother, Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez on drums, Carlos del Puerto, Jr. on bass and Roberto Vizcaino on percussion.
With his most recent release, From The Heart , Hilario has realized his long life dream. A showcase for the cuban born, Toronto-based musician's love for his native country's seminal Jazz Band Orchestras, this recording features Duran's rhythmically sophisticated compositions and sensual arrangements written for his exciting 20-piece Latin Jaz Big Band. It features Grammy Award winning jazz great Paquito D'Rivera and drummer Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez, along with a who's who of Canadian jazz greats.
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