Saxophonist Luis Deniz makes his debut as a leader with El Tinajón
On this debut recording, Deniz’s ensemble features bassist Roberto Occhipinti, pianist Rafael Zaldivar, drummer Amhed Mitchel, and percussionist Jorge Luis Torres.
Since his arrival in Toronto in 2004, Deniz has had an impressive career as an accompanist and soloist for the likes of Barry Harris, Howard Johnson, Randy Brecker, Ray Vega, Donald Harrison, Ingrid Jensen, Jane Bunnett and more.
Deniz has won a Juno Award and earned a Grammy nomination for his work with Hilario Durán and his Latin Jazz Big Band. He was also a winner of the Grand Prix de Jazz at the Montreal Jazz Festival in 2006 (with the David Virelles Quintet) and the Galaxie Rising Star at the Halifax Jazz Festival in 2010 (with Rich Brown and Rinsethealgorithm).
Deniz is also a proud educator who’s currently a faculty member at Humber College.
Here’s the track listing for El Tinajón:
- La Ceiba de Mayuya
- Rumba para Camaguey/Equality
- Entre Dos Ideas
- Dutch Flower
- Strong Together
- Conga para Florida
El Tinajón will be released May 27 via Modica Music.