Composition - 4.0 || Composition - 4.0 || Musicianship - 4.0
Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Key Tracks: ALL
Joan Torres's All Is Fused is one of the top jazz bands I have had the privilege of
listening to this year. Joan Torres, an accomplished bass player, enlists some of Puerto
Rico's top young jazz musicians and release, Before; an 8 song masterpiece that will
connect with the hearts of every jazz music lover who has the opportunity to hear it.
Drawing on his experience studying with top Puerto Rican jazz musicians, and his roots in
Salsa, Rock, Reggae, Latin Jazz, Funk, Fusion, Jazz, Classical Choir music and Brazilian
Capoeira music, Joan Torres' album has an expansiveness that comes through on each
composition, which are layered with intimacy and excitement, as demonstrated on songs
like "The Chase" and "Disbelief". Joan's history as a musician is on full display,
showcasing his incredible range as a composer who infuses funky Latin-influenced bass
rhythms that contrast nicely with the on time percussive play of Fernando Garcia
(drums), the amazing guitar play of Sergio González and Gabriel Vicéns, the bopping alto
sax played by Jonathan Suazo, and the lilting piano of David Ojeda.
The track listing on Before is as follows: Doorway, Another World, Viccisitudes, Disbelief,
True, The Chase, Tragic End, and Enlightenment. Each track breathes a unique tone
into the overall compilation of songs, contributing the earlier mentioned expansiveness of
this project. Not taking anything for granted here, I'd say that Joan Torres's All Is Fused
is well on their way to becoming a legendary jazz ensemble and "Before" will be one of
their most respected releases.
Source: I Am Entertainment Magazine