Robert Mitchell and Omar Puente - album review (3 stars)

Robert Mitchell and Omar Puente

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Bridges (F-IRE)

JAZZ

English pianist Robert Mitchell and Cuban violinist Omar Puente have worked together in bigger groups in the past, but this duo throws them into much closer relief. Both emerge with credit from the encounter in a disc that covers a lot of musical ground, taking in not only jazz and Cuban music, but also overt classical influences and a reflective, ambient approach in places.

Mitchell was tipped to be the next big thing in UK jazz back in the late 90s, and if hasn’t quite fulfilled that expectation, he remains an impressive talent. Puente plays electric violin throughout in the kind of virtuoso fashion we have come to expect. The music is nicely varied, and has a greater range of sonic and textural diversity than might be expected.

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