This album, my first LP, features just two musicians, Charles Flores on bass and my self on piano. All compositions are originals I wrote, created in the spirit of “jazz meets classical music”-- my two strongest influences in music, after Cuban music, of course.
It was recorded December of last year at the Greene Space in NYC, before I became an Steinway Artist, and that explains why I'm not playing at a Steinway, my favorite piano in the world. Dynamic Resolution is exclusively distributed by Acoustic Sounds Inc. and it is available in MONO or STEREO
The Source In Between (2008)
Straight ahead jazz by Cuban pianist with shades of Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner, and featuring the bebop sound of Eric Alexander on Saxophone. Villafranca, whose Latin Jazz debut, "Incantations/Encantaciones," was voted amongst Jazz Times Magazine's top 50 best jazz albums of 2003 explores the straight-ahead form in "The Source In Between."
Elio Villafranca Quartet featuring Eric Alexander
Elio Villafranca on piano
Eric Alexander on sax
Jeff Carney on bass
Dafnis Prieto on drums
Yosvany Terry on alto and soprano sax
Ferenc Nemeth on drums
Arturo Stable on percussion
Supported by a powerhouse rhythm section and the tremendous contributions of Pat Martino, Terell Stafford, and Jane Bunnett, Villafranca storms the Latin Jazz scene with a debut album that is at once tightly orchestrated, compositionally impressive, and improvisationally rich.
A testament to his broad emotional palette, musical expertise, and defined sense of taste, this album reflects Villafranca’s attempt to defy the borders of conventional Latin jazz by intertwining his Cuban musical heritage with eclectic American traditions.
Elio Villafranca piano
Pat Martino guitar
Terell Stafford trumpet
Jane Bunnett soprano sax & flutes
Dafnis Prieto drums
Carlos Henriquez acoustic bass
Wilson Corniel congas
Pedrito Martinez vocal and percussion
Giovana Guevara vocals