Juan Pablo Torres is one of Cuba’s originals. Trombone player, composer, arranger, producer, a complete artist in every sense of the word, he began his career with the Orquesta Cubana de Musica Moderna and later produced for Cuba’s mighty EGREM label. He and his contemporaries enjoyed the creative fruits a unique period of time when the Cuban state sponsored music schools that both trained artists and developed their homegrown talent; later sustaining these artists and their endeavors which gave them a sweet ticket to both create new music and experiment with tradition as well. For more on this amazing period check Waxing Deep’s great Si Para Usted comps that have recently brought attention to this unique scene.
Aside from Torres’ various creative outlets he is best known for his pioneering band Algo Nuevo which strived to experiment and push to invigorate traditional Cuban forms taking Cuban sones, danzon, guaracha, and descargas and taking inspiration with international influences including jazz, funk, fuzz guitar, and anything else that turned their heads. His early efforts created a style he called “super son” of which he titled one of the band’s releases, check out the video below for a cut off that album. These cuts from the group’s LP “Pan Caliente” features the tasty title cut, an Afro-Cuban jazz funk workout with a really tasty break at the end that wraps up the cut and look out for Torres’ hefty trombone in the mix. Enjoy the tunes. EB