Born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, Pedro Bermudez is a pianist with lot of experience playing with salsa legends like Willie Rosario, Roberto Roena and the Puerto Rican Latin Jazz group Batacumbele.
The opening track "Yuba a Santurce" is an homage to Pedro's town, Santurce. This is a piece with Bomba and Jazz fusion, reminiscent of the music of another great Jazz musician from Puerto Rico, trmbonist William Cepeda. Good improvisations by Ivan Renta on sax and Oscar Stagnaro on drums.
Pedro plays the fender rhodes en "La numero siete", and Mike Arroyo also from Puerto Rico plays the guitar. The track breaks into kind of a montuno in the end. "El Jarriero" feels like a slow mambo, this time with another good bassist, Ruben Rodriguez, excellent trumpet by Nelson Jaime, who is also the recording engineer, and Richie Flores spectacular as always on congas.
Pedro great technique and experience can be fully appreciated on latin tracks like "ALC". It is amazing the quality and quantity of musicians playing on this CD. On the more traditional Jazz track, "The Dreamer", the bassist is Eddie Gomez. Some might remember Eddie as the bass player with Bill Evans. And in this format of just piano, bass and drums the music here reminds me at times of the legendary Jazz pianist.
Pedro goes back to the Fender Rhodes in the Samba influenced "Bombaiao" with Felipe Salles on sax, Oscar Stagnaro back on bass and master brazilian percussionist/drummer Duduka Da Fonseca.
"Redentor" includes another virtuosic bassist from Puerto Rico, Gabriel Rodriguez. A young but experienced musicians currently playing with Charlie Sepulveda and Jazz trio San Juan Collective.
Duduka also plays on "Chorinho para Maria", a piece with traditional brazilian rhythms where Pedro shows his versitality as a composer and improviser, even quoting in his improvisation recognized brazilian songs like "Samba da minha terra".
All compositions are originals by Pedro Bermudez except Jobim "Caminhos Cruzados", the wonderful interpretation and voice on this one is Ana Baiana. Originals "No limits" and "Long Walk" have two of the more interesting arrangements with nice tempo changes.