Sony Music/ Latin
Negroni’s Trio is comprised of a “father and son team,” José Negroni, on piano and keyboards, Nomar Negroni, on drums and percussions, completing the trio for this recording is bassist Josh Allen. José, who was born in Puerto Rico, is a classically trained pianist, composer, and arranger while his son, Nomar, followed in his father’s footsteps and developed into a consummate percussionist. The father and son have created their own unique voice performing traditionally known jazz classics, Latin jazz, and jazz fusion. "Acústico" is their latest recording and one that will mesmerize listeners with the mix of the trio's virtuosity, and the charged rhythmic romanticism of the performances of 8 originals and three covers.
Nomar's composition "Let's Go Camping" opens in a fiery matter with plenty of percussive fireworks before segueing into a more lyrical mood. Bassist Allen provides an anchor for the dialogue between pianist and drummer with the energy building back up as José develops his solo over a memorable riff. José's "Air" showcases his graceful and fluid touch while his son provides heat with the groove and the accents he gives. On the atmospheric opening of "Puerto Del Sol," Allen's arco bass meshes with José's plucking of his piano strings before the pianist's lyrical romanticism comes to the fore.
There is a strong Spanish tinge to José's solo that opens "Maria Cervantes." A middle segment in this recording is launched by ardent drumming from Nomar. A closing solo piano one follows this segment. With all of the outstanding originals, there is also an excellent interpretation of Bud Powell's "Tempus Fugit." It is taken at a slower tempo than Powell's original. Bassist Allen is showcased here along with Jose's imaginative inventive soloing and Nomar's vigorous Latin rhythmic groove.
"Monica's Drum's" is a solo feature for Nomar, capping of this brilliant and compelling piano trio recording.
I received my review copy from a publicist. This review originally appeared in the January-February 2020 Jazz & Blues Report (Issue 388). Here is Negroni's Trio performing Tempus Fugit."