Otmaro Ruiz, Jimmy Branly, Jimmy Haslip – Elements (2018) Blue Canoe Records

Low end powerhouse and former Yellowjacket backbone, Jimmy Haslip collaborates with pianist, composer, arranger and educator Otmaro Ruíz and virtuosic rhythm guru Jimmy Branly for a project that is a perfect mix of composition and broad audience appeal.

Grammy nominee Otmaro Ruíz (2016), composer of most of the “elemental” tracks, holds an honorary doctorate from Shepherd University and has played with all the modern greats…Gino Vannelli, John McLaughlin, Tito Puente, Steve Winwood, John Patitucci, Vinnie Colaiuta just to name a few. Mr. Ruíz is regarded as one of the most sought-after keyboardists on the scene yet still finds time for teaching. He is a frequent guest clinician at Los Angeles Music Academy and Musician’s Institute.

Jimmy Branly is from Cuba and began his studies at the Conservatory of Music in Havana Adolfo Guzman and ENA (National School of Art). Mr. Branly also has played with greats from all genres including Colin Hay, Abraham Laboriel, Michael Nezmith, John Patitucci, Doc Severinsen, Ricky Martin, Andy Garcia, Natalie Cole, Gloria Estefan, Emilio Estefan. He performed at The White House in 2013 a Latin presentation for President Obama.

Jimmy Haslip was a founding member and 32 year band mate of The Yellowjackets. Mr. Haslip has been nominated for 22 Grammy awards and has won 3. Over his 50+ years of playing, he has contributed to the biggest names in music over a plethora of genres (Jeff Lorber, David Sanborn, Jerry Garcia, Bruce Hornsby, Chaka Khan, Allan Holdsworth, Oz Noy to name a few)

“Elemental” is a fusion of the most talented jazz artists of our time. More than that, though, the resulting sound is clearly greater than the sum of it’s parts. When asked to comment on the compilation, Otmaro Ruíz thought carefully and stated simply, “Music for All”. Indeed…music for all.


01 – A Good Start
02 – Greed
03 – Dig
04 – Boomtown
05 – Red Wall (Va a Caer)
06 – Low Row
07 – The Waiting Game
08 – Part Time Smart
09 – Dark Waters
10 – Surreptitious Moves



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