Imagination, versatility and technical excellence are all adjectives that describe award winning Canadian bassist, Roberto Occhipinti. Long recognized for his chameleon-like ability to dig in to almost any musical form, it is in his love and enthusiasm for Latin jazz that he burns brightest. He has toured and recorded with the likes of Jane Bunnett and the Spirits of Havana, Tito Puente, Nelly Furtado, Rush, Al DeMeola, Holly Cole, Phil Ramone, Teo Macero, Gino Vanelli, Oscar Peterson, and Chucho Valdes, to name a few. Roberto Occhipinti's 'The Cusp' is effectively the point at which contemporary jazz intersects with the many other idioms and traditions that currently influence it. The award winning bassist, arranger and producer looks to several of those idioms here, as he puts his new, nine-piece ensemble smartly through the paces of Cuban rhythms, tunes by Wayne Shorter and Jimi Hendrix, an aria from Puccini's Tosca and a three-part suite inspired by a trip to Mali. Occhipinti's alert, bustling arrangements make it all sound quite seamless.
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