Aruán Ortiz first solo recording in more than 20 years was released June 2017 by the Swiss label (Intakt)
The article ARUÁN ORTIZ "BEYOND CATEGORIZATION", written by Jürg Solothurnmann was selected to be the cover of the magazine Jazz 'n' More (March-April 2017).
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-
"The year's best piano trio album (with Eric Revis on bass and Gerald Cleaver on drums) lets you imagine what it must have been like first hearing Andrew Hill on Blue Note in the 1960s. Ortiz has shown enormous potential on a handful of earlier recordings as a sideman or leader, and here he delivers on that potential and then some. His taste in covers is inspired (Monk's "Skippy" and a pair by Ornette Coleman), his attack is bracingly percussive and his phrases come at you in waves or shards."
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
Translating life into music: Composer and pianist Aruán Ortiz is inspired by artists who ‘found their own system’
by Beth Wood
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.
"Ortiz’s exciting new trio disc, 'Hidden Voices,' owes as much to American jazz’s experimental avant-garde — and broader experiences of multiple art forms — as to the musical traditions of his homeland..." more
Il Giornale de la Musica & European Jazz Network selected "Hidden Voices" as one of the top new releases in January
Il Giornale de la Musica & European Jazz Network selected "Hidden Voices" as one of the best releases in January in Europe
Aruán Ortiz weaves multiple strands of tradition through his music, with an endgame of deep mystification. A pianist originally from Cuba, he has been a creative force at least since the release of his debut album 20 years ago. -Nate Chinen-
There's no doubt that these are improvisation heavy workouts. Latin grooves bubble covertly, and Ornette Coleman ("Open & Close/The Sphinx") and Thelonious Monk ("Skippy") are brilliantly covered—though the brilliance is of a dark and brooding hue. -Dan McClenaghan-
Aruán Ortiz Trio, bracing contemporary jazz by John Fordham
Contemporary Cuban Pianists A History in Notes by Alan West-Durán