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Yosvany Terry Cabrera

On saxophonist Yosvany Terry’s kitchen table sat a syllabus for “West African Heritage Ensemble,” a course he teaches at the New School. According to the university’s website, the course “explores the rich musical heritage of West Africa” and its diaspora in the Americas, “paying special attention to internalizing rhythmic patterns and phrases,” thus enabling students to “apply West African concepts to their understanding of jazz and improvisation.”

That also summarizes the thrust of Mr. Terry’s music, especially on “Today’s Opinion” (Criss Cross), a dazzling new CD grounded in both distinct formal traditions and abstract ideas. He’ll celebrate the album’s release Tuesday and Wednesday at Jazz Standard, where he once headlined a “New Dimensions in Latin Jazz” series.

-- NY Culture, 4/6/12





  • Audio CD (March 21, 2006)

  • Original Release Date: 2006

  • Number of Discs: 1

  • Label: Kindred Rhythm

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  • Audio CD (February 21, 2012)

  • Original Release Date: 2012

  • Number of Discs: 1

  • Label: Criss Cross

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Has samples



Los Terry, AfroCubaWeb, on Yovany;s talented family

A Résumé Centering on Latin Jazz, With Interests That Include Cultural Fusion, Yosvany Terry Quintet at the Jazz Standard, NYT, 4/13/12

Yosvany Terry: Ye-dé-gbé and the Afro-Caribbean Legacy, Texas Performing Arts, 4/29/11 Has informative video.

Yosvany Terry.(Yosvany Terry Group)
Latin Beat Magazine 
April 1, 2005

"Yosvany played with Silvio Rodriguez's group Diakara, blazing a new path in the fusion of the Nueva Trova and Afro-Cuban jazz. He has recorded with Roy Hargrove and Jane Bunnett as well as the acclaimed Cubanismo recording with Jesus Alemańy. Recently he has been working with Steve Coleman and an innovative jazz workshop in Oakland and teaching at the prestigious Stanford Jazz Workshop. Listeners will no doubt hear more from this 25 year old saxophonist and arranger in years to come." - Round World Music, 2007

As the Yosvany Terry Group prepared to take the stage one night in Ma), 2004, Dale Fitzgerald, founder/executive director of the Jazz Gallery in Sobo, New York City, introduced the group and announced that this was Yosvany Terry Cabrera's 25th performance at the Jazz Gallery. Fitzgerald declared that Yosvany had been a vital part of the local jazz scene since moving to NYC from Cuba in July 1999. Terry has performed as a leader and sideman for a variety of musical configurations, from small combos to big bands and, regardless of the context he has excelled as a player, composer and arranger. His performances always appeal to audiences, uniquely blending Afro-Cuban music with jazz structures and harmonies, and creating an organic, natural flow that swings and is proven to be intellectually challenging.

This night at the Jazz Gallery was no exception. Terry brought a stellar group, consisting of himself on saxophones and chékere, Luis Perdomo on piano, brother Yunior Terry on bass, Avishai Cohen on trumpet, Mike Moreno on guitar, Pedro Martínez on congas and vocals and the great Jeff "Tain" Watts on drums. Yosvany stated that Tain had brought energy and knowledge to the music and all the musicians grew by the experience of playing with him.

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