As established on previous releases, in CUBAN CROSSHATCHING Stable delivers amazing compositional chops, good taste and a wide variety of rhythms and percussion sounds from all over the world. His sophisticated rhythmic approach emanates fluently between Loueke's magical touch and Blake's ferocious jazz rooted solos. He also touches new ground as instrumentalist, performing most of the album on an eclectic and unique percussion set up that even includes instruments of his own creation. The different textures and his clever interaction with the rest of the band create a very pleasant sonic experience where elements from his native Cuba, American jazz and world music co-exist in perfect harmony.
There is here a tangible high level of maturity and eclectic cohesiveness that evidence Stable's evolution as an artist. His writing is at its best, deeply rooted in the jazz tradition but the songwriter within himself constantly takes over to delight us with subtle romanticism and beautiful melodies. His performing, constantly playful and apparently careless for moments, shows the smile of a soul that is not trying to prove anything but only to create authentic musical dialogues
CUBAN CROSSHATCHING blend influences from many different parts of the world. On tracks like Tinto The southern Spain flamenco influence is very notorious, specially on the introduction were the guitar and the bass interpret a melody that could easy be a Falceta found on any given flamenco recording. On the other hand, Taita explores a Yoruba rhythm dedicated to Oy•, the Orisha of the death. The Bat• Drums played by Stable groove hard on this track, while a Shorter-Like composition sits comfortable on the top. Mr. Brake's melody swings fluently featuring Blake's and Loueke and Let it be Spring is an authentic gem featuring Loueke and Perez over an Afro-Peruvian Land rhythm. Pienso en Ti feature Stable's talent as a songwriter and the beautiful voice of Magos Herrera.
|4||Pienso en tí|
|6||Duet with Sax|
|7||Danzon de Gloria|
|9||Let it be Spring|
|10||Letters to Luz|
|12||Duet with Sax 2|