we are very excited to announce that Carrera Quinta “Big Band” has been nominated for the Latin GRAMMY and independent music awards


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Carrera Quinta, created by colombian composers Javier Pérez Sandoval and Francy Montalvo, presents its new record: Carrera Quinta Big Band. In 2015 Carrera Quinta decided to come back to the studio and record a new album with a Big Band. Conducted by Colombian Director Ricardo Jaramillo and Recorded by the Latin Grammy award winner engineer Mauricio Cano, the 19 piece Band went to the studio and recorded something unique and special in Colombian music history.

“Carrera Quinta Big Band captures the Colombian folk and jazz sound in compelling fashion and distinguishes this ensemble by defining a unique approach of their own that is sure to resonate throughout the jazz landscape” Ed Blanco All About Jazz

The album features compositions awarded in 2013 by Bogotá´s department of Arts, Idartes, and one piece commissioned by Bogotá´s Jazz Festival, Jazz al Parque, in 2014. The band style blends Colombian traditional music from the Andean region with Jazz arranging techniques, creating a new sound, something unique, intense and powerful. The album was financed with a crowdfunding campaign.

“There are so many remarkable aspects of this album. The compositions are exquisite, the arranging flawless, and the performances splendid. The album is at once delicate and lovely, then powerful and hot. This is the music I love” Travis Rogers Jazz Times

The mixing was made in Bogota, Colombia and the mastering in sterling Sound Studios in NYC by Randy Merrill. Recently Randy has worked in recordings like Darcy James´s Secret society Big Band, Miguel Zenon´s last Big Band Album, Steve Cardenas, Ben Allison, the Cohen Brothers, among others.

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Carrera Quinta encompasses a unique new perspective that interweaves the best of two worlds: contemporary American jazz and traditional harmonies and rhythms from South America, in this case the Andean region of Colombia. Jack Bowers All About Jazz

Most of the music featured on the album was composed between 2012 and 2013 in Louisville, KY, where Javier Pérez Sandoval studied his masters degree in Jazz Composition with Big Band arranging legend John La Barbera.

cropped-listos-para-grabar.jpgThe cover art desing was made by Colombian designer and ilustrator Ricardo Zokos. sokoslab. 

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