LOVE IN FLOATING BRIDGES
Alexis Alonso reconnects with his origins by presenting his new and long-awaited solo piano work “Love in Floating Bridges” (2021), a special album, simmered, a work that has been waiting for the great success of the public and critics harvested with his band (Alexis Alonso Quartet) with which he is opening the doors of the international market as attested by the stellar collaborations of Seamus Blake, Ralph Alessi or Pedrito Martínez on their latest album “Out” (2020). But it was the intimate format of the piano-alone that started it all …
When we talk about the pianist and composer Alexis Alonso, we are talking about one of the emerging figures in contemporary jazz in Spain and on this occasion, in the recording of his new album, “Love in Floating Bridges” he is accompanied by two heavyweights of European jazz such as Jorge Pardo and Marco Mezquida, who have recorded duets on three songs from the Tenerife pianist’s new work.
The usual characteristics in Alexis Alonso’s compositions such as beauty, sensitivity and above all emotion are present in spurts in this magnificent work that, as the author himself says, “… is conditioned by the events that all of humanity has experienced in the recent times of the pandemic, the delimitation of social contacts, the loss … But above all the hope symbolized in a very broad concept of love as a defense weapon for our world.
Alexis Alonso’s career has been marked by success since his beginnings in rock (Siglo XXI), jazz (Nine Seconds Quartet) or the composition of soundtracks (nominated in 2015 for “Nocturno” at the prestigious Fimucité festival). Although the first global emergence he had was when he published in 2014 the solo piano album, “El Paisaje” (Piano Melodies for Adrián, Vol. 1) which had a very great reception and with which he triumphed in large squares such as Madrid, Barcelona , Valencia among many others. In 2016 he published “The Birth of Time” (Piano Melodies for Adrián, Vol. 2), a work that expanded even more the frontiers of his music, succeeding spectacularly in his presentation in London.
After the success of these 2 solo piano volumes composed after a personal tragedy, Alexis Alonso embarks on a new project, leading his own band, Alexis Alonso Quartet. A personal sound, an original line-up (including a cello) and the great compositions by Alexis Alonso catapulted this line-up to great heights of jazz in Spain and beyond. In this period of time, the only material published on solo piano by the Canarian pianist is the video-single “Carrie Fisher’s Last Flight” in 2018. Now at last, “Love in Floating Bridges” (2021) returns to show the public the magic that Alexis Alonso gives off in the privacy of his piano.
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