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Jim Gilchrist / The Scotsman
Published on 27/06/2013
A BOSTON-BASED Venezuelan, Leo Blanco may hail from the foothills of the Andes, but his music taps into a vast and teaming hinterland of Latin American, African, jazz and European classical music cultures. ...complete critical...
Kevin Le Gedre / Jazzwise Magazine
Jazz breaking news: Leo Blanco thrills with solo Afro-Latin set
Tuesday, 25 June 2013
Back here at The Forge in March, British pianist Robert Mitchell closed his inspired Leftitude festival with a grandstand display of piano-as-percussion. ...complete critical...
John Fordham - The Guardian
Wednesday 26 June 2013 17.37 BST
The Venezuelan improvising pianist and composer Leo Blanco, whose work is liable to kindle daydreams of waterfalls, flocks of birds or orchestras of guitars as much as it does dances or songs, is on his first UK tour. Blanco, an unorthodox scholar of many strands of Latin American music, is so far barely known in England, though he's already become something of a cause celebre north of the border through earlier triumphs at the Edinburgh fringe. ...complete critical...
– The Stage, London, England...
"Leo Blanco is a pianist who has mastered the bebop lexicon while also paying homage to the rhythms of his nation's folk music."
– Christopher Lydon, NPR U.S.
"In Leo Blanco's music I hear memory and desire – both his meticulous
ear for the varieties of South American tradition"
World Pianist and Composer Danilo Perez (Wayne Shorter)
"When you listen to Leo play it just blows you away while motivates you. He just inspires and gives you new sensations".....
-Donald Brown (Master pianist: Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers)
"It is some of the most fresh and moving music i've heard in a long time. Leo Blanco have a gift for melody and his playing is just as special"