Jerry Gonzalez

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Jerry Gonzalez (2011)

Jerry Gonzalez (born June 5, 1949 in the Bronx , New York City , † October 1, 2018 in Madrid , Spain ) was an American trumpeter , flugelhorn player and percussionist of Latin jazz . As a trumpeter he combined stylistic influences from Miles Davis and Lee Morgan . He became known for his contribution to contemporary Afro-Cuban jazz and the revival of Latin jazz in the 1980s and 1990s.

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Gonzalez grew up as the son of Puerto Rican immigrants in the Bronx; the bassist Andy Gonzalez is his brother. Jerry Gonzales studied trumpet and congas at Music & Art High School in his hometown . While studying at City College and New York University , he played Latin jazz with his brother . In 1970 he was a member of Dizzy Gillespie's band , and then worked with Eddie Palmieri and Manny Oquendo . He also played for Hilton Ruiz and Archie Shepp and was involved in recordings by Tito Puente , Ray Barretto and Patato Valdes on the one hand, and Dewey Redman , Tony Williams , McCoy Tyner and George Benson on the other . In the late 1970s he founded the Fort Apache Band with his brother Andy Gonzalez, Larry Willis and Steve Berrios , which performed at international festivals, produced numerous albums and was successful in the jazz polls. In 1999 he and his band, which included soloists such as Steve Turré , John Stubblefield and Joe Ford , took first place in the Down Beat readers' poll in the “Beyond Group of the Year” category. Ulrich Olshausen praised the Fort Apache Band and their “uncompromisingly intelligent salsa music with brilliant arrangements” as a “ fusion that ... earlier attempts with Latino elements by Charlie Parker , Dizzy Gillespie or Stan Kenton appear as a flirtation on a summer afternoon lets. ”Gonzales described the music of the Fort Apache Band as an expression of his“ musical bilingualism ”.

Gonzalez also worked on various McCoy Tyner projects. Gonzalez also worked on the documentary by Fernando Trueba with the title Calle 54 , on which many important artists of the Latin jazz scene played, such as Paquito D'Rivera , Michel Camilo , Eliane Elias . After the premiere of Calle 54 in 2000, Gonzalez went on a longer tour to Spain and then settled in Madrid, where he played in jazz clubs.

During his career, Gonzalez has worked with artists such as Franco Ambrosetti , Andrés Calamaro , Kip Hanrahan , Abbey Lincoln , Kenny Kirkland , Kirk Lightsey , Jaco Pastorius , Pamela Wise , Bobby Hutcherson and Martirio . In 2004 the album Jerry Gonzalez y los piratas del flamenco was created with flamenco artists such as Piraña, Niño Josele and Diego El Cigala .

Gonzalez died in Madrid on October 1, 2018, at the age of 69, from smoke inhalation caused by an apartment fire.

Discographic notes

Jerry Gonzalez (2012)
  • Ya Yo Me Cure (1979)
  • The River Is Deep (Enja, 1982)
  • Obatalá (Enja, 1988)
  • Earthdance (Sunnyside, 1990)
  • Moliendo Café (Sunnyside, 1991)
  • Crossroads ( Milestone Records , 1994)
  • Pensativo (Milestone, 1995)
  • Fire Dance (Milestone, 1996)
  • Jerry Gonzalez & Federico Lechner: A primera vista (2002)
  • Jerry Gonzalez & Los Piratas del Flamenco (2004)
  • Rhumba para Buhaina (2005)
  • Music for a Big Band (2006)
  • Avisale a mi contrario que aqui estoy yo (2011)
  • Y el comando de la clave (Sunnyside, 2012)
  • The Seven Heavenly Virtues (2013)


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  1. a b Muere en un incendio en Madrid el músico de jazz Jerry González. In: El País , October 1, 2018. Retrieved October 1, 2018 (Spanish).
  2. ^ So M. Kunzler, Jazz-Lexikon
  3. on the occasion of the appearance at the JazzFest Berlin 1982, quoted in n. Kunzler, Jazz-Lexikon , p. 439