sebastian cruz and the cheap landscape trio
“Sebastian Cruz and the Cheap Landscape Trio is an imaginative and playful concoction of Colombian influences and urban electricity.” Jim Shulstad, Jazzreview.com
The Cheap landscape is my instrumental project. Like a lot of what I do, it takes from traditional Colombian elements, but presents them in irreverent and surprising musical ‘landscapes.’ We play distorted cumbias, punk fandangos, dizzy bullerengues and more cultural incongruencies of that sort. The original members are myself on guitar, Joe Saylor on drums and Ruben Samama on bass, I often play with Ted Poor or Richie Barshay on drums, and Stomu Takeishi on bass. Lately I have enjoyed a lot Jason Lindner on keyboards and bass keyboard.
“Coba blends Colombian…root musics into an energetic jazz-rock stew.” The Village Voice.
Coba is a multi-sized ensemble (from “cobita” to large band) that presents my songwriting work in Spanish. It takes a little from Colombian Afro-Caribbean roots, and mixes it “spontaneously” with other musical styles. It may at different times have some jazz, rock or chamber music hints, weaved around spanish sung texts.
Coba’s performances go from intimate and subtle to boisterous and explosive.
I have released two CDs with Coba (visit the CDs page) that have included some of my favorite singers: Lucia Pulido, Joana Duah, Yarimir Cabán (Mima), and many more