Rimbombante has been winning over fans with their exciting brand of hook laden Latin jazz. People from jazz purist to casual musical fans are hearing something special in Rimbombante. After an unexpected hiatus the group is ready to re-establish itself on the jazz and World-Music circuits. Rimbombante's Bolero Past: Rimbombante is a Spanish term that denotes something flamboyant or having a strong resonance. It is also the name of an Ottawa-based band playing music inspired by Latin America. Rimbombante is part of Majunga Music, a small entity guiding the music of World-Music and jazz acts. Rimbombante began in 2006 interpreting classic bolero songs from Latin America. The bolero is like a jazz ballad only it has a stronger rhythmic quality. In 2008, Rimbombante recorded Una Aventura Más that is collection of classic bolero covers with a few originals. The reaction to the originals was strong enough to encourage Rimbombante to develop an original repertoire. Soon afterwards Dean Pallen, the group's saxophonist, began writing the new material. In the winter of 2010, Rimbombante began practising the new repertoire with an expanded ensemble and playing them around Ottawa and Eastern Ontario and Quebec to work out the kinks. The result is Maria has Lost her Soul that was recorded in 2011-2012. The Rimbombante Sound of Today: The current repertoire of Rimbombante encompasses a broad array of Latin, jazz and popular music influences. When Rimbombante expanded the group it incorporated musicians from Brazil and Cuban and this has enabled Rimbombante to expand musically. The key is how the Latin heritage of the musicians of Rimbombante intersects with the varied compositions and musical structures of the group's repertoire. The Rimbombante sound is defined by it's melodies, mixture of styles and Latin rhythms and tempo and overall accessibility without a sense of compromise. While the Rimbombante sound might still employ the classic bolero sound, the 3-2 clave or rare Brazilian rhythms, it is the meshing of these elements with Dean Pallen's unique compositions that make the Rimbombante sound. The Musicians of Rimbombante: Dean Pallen: saxophones Evandro Gracelli: guitar Salomon Carcillo: percussion Gerg Horvath: standup bass Arien Villegas: drums Carlos Santana: pianist Dean Pallen Saxophonist, Composer and musical arranger: Dean is the leader of Rimbombante writing and arranging the group's music. He serves the same role for Raivo, a group that mixes African, jazz and popular music influences. He released two albums as the co-leader of Raivo that can be found on CD Baby. In 2010, he released Strathcona Park a collection of original jazz compositions. His World-Music tendencies are mixed with his love for composers like Thelonious Monk, Billy Strayhorn, Claude Debussy and Brian Wilson. He recently started a new project called Dean Pallen Presents Madagascar that will lead to a recording session and public performance in 2013 and 2014. In 2014, he will release Sunswept Sunday, a recording of rare Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn songs that was made with pianist J-P Allain. Evandro Gracelli Guitarist and Composer: Evandro was born in Vitória state of Espírito Santo-Brazil. Evandro started playing when he was 13 years old and had studied with Julinho Marques, Ulisses Rocha, Chriso Rocha, Wilson Lopes, Alberto Trindade and Nelson Faria. He received his music degree from Unicamp (University of Campinas-São Paulo-Brazil). He has a Bachelor of Arts in Music, Major in Guitar and Popular Music. In 2004 he released his first album Urucum, an acclaimed work. Urucum led Evandro to Itaú Cultural Rumos Musica 2005 (a prestigious Brazilian prize), and Urban Jungle Records' "Hi Brazil" CD, released in Europe 2007. He has scored music for films and works as a musical educator. Currently Evandro is involved in musical projects in Brazil (Trio Canastra - choro and jazz Brazil, Meia Fina Trio- jazz Brazil) and in Canada (Florquestra Brasil, Roda de Samba, Patricia Cano, Tropicantos, Sol da Capital, Rene Gely, and Rommel Ribeiro). Evandro also pla
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