As a music teacher, the trumpeter, Julito Alvarado, is continuously exposed to Puerto Rico’s emerging talent. Often, he observes the students and determines how to help them flourish and develop a style of their own.
On the album, Julito Alvarado presents New Faces, (available on all digital platforms), Alvarado goes one step further and chooses a group of alumni to perform his original compositions in a contemporary Latin Jazz format.
“This work is special to me. It presents some of the graduates of the Department of Jazz and Caribbean Music of the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico,” said Alvarado in a telephone interview with the newspaper, El Nuevo Dia. “The purpose of choosing them was to motivate them to start careers as soloists and to allow them to demonstrate they can be leaders.”
The album was recorded between March and June 2019 and the featured musicians are Francisco Alcalá, Enrique ‘Kike’ Serrano, Richard Peña, Antonio Rivera, Giovanni Ortiz, Jahaziel García, Jonathan Acevedo and Ángel Segarra. Also, of the eight tracks, six were composed by the students.
“The album has different ‘colors’ that adds to its richness,” says Alvarado. “Each student brought their compositions, sound, and creativity.” The track, Dear Lou, features the trumpeter, Angel Segarra, and is dedicated to Lou Mucci, Alvarado’s teacher at the Berklee College of Music.
The CD release will be celebrated virtually in the near future. Details to follow.
Tracks: El Proceso, Elipse, Whispers, Cafecito, Consecuencia, Blue Nostalgia, Infefable, Dear Lou.
Artists: Francisco Alcalá, Enrique ‘Kike’ Serrano, Richard Peña, Antonio Rivera, Giovanni Ortiz, Jahaziel García, Jonathan Acevedo and Ángel Segarra.
Jual Music, 2020
Running Time: 42 minutes
Source: Based on an article written by Camile Roldán Soto for Nuevo Dia Newspaper, May 27, 2020.