Aruán Ortiz, Kevin Hays and Craig Taborn among others featured on Take Five: Special Piano Edition by WBGO.

Take Five: Special Piano Edition, with Craig Taborn, Kevin Hays, Aruán Ortiz and More

"Sometimes a theme emerges by chance, revealing itself in the moment. That’s true of this week’s installment of Take Five, featuring new music by a range of smart and searching pianists. A couple of these tracks are from brand-new albums, and a couple are from albums due later in the year. Each is an illustration of deep focus and alert chemistry, along with first-rate pianism."

"The Cuban pianist Aruán Ortiz has more than a passing interest in the avant-garde: consult his excellent recent album, Hidden Voices, which brings elastic energies to the acoustic trio format." -Nate Chinen, WBGO-

Hidden Voices in the NPR Top 10 Jazz Albums of 2016

NBC reviewed Aruán's solo concert debut at Bread & Salt in San Diego!

Mesmerizing performance by NYC pianist at Logan Heights' Bread & Salt.

Cuban born, Brooklyn-based pianist Aruan Ortiz made his San Diego debut on Sunday night, performing a bracing solo set for concert promoter Bonnie Wright’s Fresh Sound series before a large gathering at Bread & Salt

by Robert Bush

Aruán Ortiz performing at the SF Jazz Center Festival "Evolution of the Cuban Piano"

Aruán Ortiz's hard-hitting trio with bassist Eric Revis and drummer Gerald Cleaver opens the concert focusing on music from their recent album "Hidden Voices" (Intak Records), a volatile mix of Afro-Cuban rhythms, contemporary classical music and post-bop improvisation.