Afro-Cuban polyrhythms

“Today’s Opinion” CD.
Photo credit Govert Driessen

Acclaimed jazz saxophonist-composer Yosvany Terry heads to the Jazz Standard in Manhattan for back-to-back performances on April 10 and 11.

Terry, who in 2003 was lauded by the New York Times as a musician who has “helped redefine Afro-Cuban and Latin jazz as a complex new idiom,” will premiere selections from his newest CD, “Today’s Opinion” (Criss Cross) with the Yosvany Terry Quintet and special guest Pedrito Martinez.

On “Today’s Opinion,” Terry’s second album as a band leader, he makes a persuasive case for what jazz should be, proposing a sonic world of Afro-Cuban polyrhythms, which address both the ancient and the immediate.

Audiences at the Jazz Standard performances will be offered inspired musical statements in a cool, tight-knit, small-band arrangement as the altoist and master chekére player performs with his quintet members Obed Calvaire (drums), Michael Rodriguez (trumpet), Osmany Paredes (piano), his brother Yunior Terry (bass) and guest Pedrito Martinez (vocals and percussion).

With his new CD, the composer taps his deep cultural roots as a Cuban as well as insights he has gained traveling the globe. “We’re looking forward to presenting a fresh and exciting synthesis of the many musical influences we have encountered around the world, my virtual ‘op-ed piece’ on the state of jazz today and where I think music is heading,” said Terry.

The Yosvany Terry Quintet with special guest Pedrito Martinez will perform at the Jazz Standard at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on April 10 and 11. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. respectively.)

The Jazz Standard is located at 116 East 27th Street, between Park and Lexington.

“Today’s Opinion” is available on iTunes and, and the CD will be available for purchase at the Jazz Standard performances. More information on the album and Terry can be found at

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