Okay, so trying to achieve may be a bit pedantic because a benefit album or political statement Providencia is not. Perhaps to understand what it is I mean, we must first understand that Perez is pretty much a hero in Panama.
Danilo Pérez (born December 29, 1965) is a Panamanian pianist, composer, educator, and a social activist. His music is a blend of Panamanian roots with elements of Latin American folk music, jazz, European impressionism, African, and other musical heritages that promote music as a multi-dimensional bridge between people.
Danilo Perez: Providencia by John Barron, published on July 13, 2010. Track Listing: Daniela's Chronicles; Galactic Panama; Historia De Un Amor; Bridge of Life, Part I; Providencia; Irremediablemente Solo; The Oracle; Bridge of Life, Part II; The Maze: The Beginning; Cobilla; The Maze: The End. Personnel: Danilo Perez: piano; Ben Street: bass; Adam Cruz: drums, steel pans; Rudresh Mahanthappa: alto saxophone; Jamey Haddad: percussion; Ernesto Diaz: congas; Sara Serpa: vocals; Matt Marvuglio: flute; Barbara Laffitte: oboe; Amparo Edo Biol: French horn; Margaret Phillips: bassoon; Jose Benito Meza Torres: clarinet
Danilo Perez' debut on Mack Ave Records is deeply anticipated by the critical community and while that level of near-academic excitement exists, it is vital to remember that this music is truly moving on visceral, physical and emotional planes. In a nutshell - and from the artist himself - Providencia crosses streams of jazz, classical and Latin American folk music, which Perez refers to as 'hearing music in three dimensions. The title track itself is buoyed by pulsating Latin rhythms and an enticing vocalizes foray. This is not smooth jazz. This is not easy listening.
Danilo Perez - Providencia (2010) Covers Inlay1. 03 - Historia de un Amor. 04 - Bridge of Life, Part . lac. 09 - The Maze- The Beginning. 08 - Bridge of Life, Part I. 11 - The Maze- The En. Danilo Perez - Providencia.
Background information. In 1994, he released his first solo album, Danilo Perez, and then his second, The Journey, in 1995. He performed The Journey in concert with the Panamanian Symphony Orchestra the same year. David Sanchez and Giovanni Hidalgo play on the album, which was recorded in two days at the Power Station in New York City