The tandem conformed by the Cuban Carlos Cano (flute) and the Spanish Hernán Milla (piano) produces a fascinating, organic and majestic album with the title Por La Rivera De Paquito. As the name implies, the record is a tribute to the Cuban saxophonist and composer Paquito D`Rivera. The Cano-Milla duo debuted in 2014 with 20th Century Spanish Music for Flute and Piano and also produced music for the CD Where the Light Is Born (2012), nominated for a Cubadisco Award in Havana, as well as the Book-CD Songs and words (2015), nominated for a Latin Grammy in 2016.
Numbers by Dizzy Gillespie and Chucho Valdes, or cuts that Rivera composed to honor performers like Astor Piazolla, Toots Thielemans, Lecuona, Antonio Lauro or Benny Goodman are re-visited in a show that makes Rivera’s music an analogy as a river that runs throughout the American continent.
Recorded for the Spanish label Veleta Roja Editions between the cities of Madrid, New York and Helsinki, the album opens with Con Chucho Corriente Abajo, a track that offers 4 variations of the popular song Mambo Influenciado by Chucho Valdes. Contradanza, Habanera, Venezuelan Vals and a last in Afro-Jazz. A Night In Tunisia, a Carlos Cano arrangement of the composition of Dizzy Gillespie, highlights Ivan Ruiz Machado on the double bass and Yuvisney Aguilar on the batas. Then we heard the suite called The Cape Code Files, a work written by D’Rivera to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Cape Cod music festival in Massachusetts. Lecuonerias, a tribute to Ernesto Leucona, presents us with a single impressive -more than five minutes- of Cano on the flute. Benny @ 100 establishes a conversation between Cano and Milla while Bandoneon takes a leap to the Rio De La Plata to pay tribute to the great Astor Piazolla with the great performance of the bandoneonist Claudio Constantini. The album closes with Brussels In The Rain, a cut that Rivera recorded with the great Belgian harmonicist Toots Thielemans.