Sebastian Cruz moved from Columbia to New York City in 1997. He has since performed in Los Angeles, Madrid, Berlin, among other cities, and a host of venues in New York. His latest project Sebastian Cruz and the Cheap Landscape Trio is an imaginative and playful concoction of Columbian influences and urban electricity.
The trio includes Cruz on guitar, the powerfully rhythmic bass of Ruben Samama, and the drive of drummer Joe Saylor. Less orchestrated than previous projects, the trio presents more interplay and exploration. Cheap Landscape offers minimized compositions that allow for inventive avenues of expression. Three tracks in particular, "Recuerdo Muerte", "Mi Esquinita", and "Cometa de Pluma" are thought provoking with pensive textures and relaxed grooves. The majority of Cheap Landscape is gritty, electric, and fused with elements of cumbia, champeta, and fandango. An entirely live recording, incredible creativity and spontaneity thrive in the hands of this multifaceted trio. "Graffiti" has a certain grit expressed in the energy of Cruz’s guitar. His use of effects on "Paradis Quarter"present yet another layer of tenacious excitement.
Powerful, creative, Columbian, and highly charged only begin to describe Sebastian Cruz and the Cheap Landscape Trio. Highly recommend for those looking for Columbian Latin/fusion jazz.