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COLLABORATIVE ALBUM "WINGED SERPENTS, SIX ENCOMIUMS FOR CECIL TAYLOR" (TZADIK 2018) FEATURED AT ROLLING STONES MAGAZINE

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At around 11 minutes into “Unveiling Urban Pointillism,” one of the disc’s six solo pieces, the Cuban-born Aruán Ortiz makes his way into a remarkable passage, abstract yet focused. He keeps up a busy, restless pitter-patter in the high register, sprinkling in ear-catching clusters of sustained notes — the sonic equivalent of rain drizzling on a roof. Ortiz isn’t mimicking Taylor. But at the same time, the episode seems inescapably post-Cecil, unthinkable without the example of genre-transcending imagination and intense physicality the elder musician set during his monumental 60-plus-year career. Hank Shteamer, Rolling Stones Magazine.