Oscar Acevedo: Live from the Red Room @ Cafe 939, Friday, Oct 27 at 8:00pm on birnCORE

The songs on Oscar Acevedo’s latest album, A Toda Costa, were inspired by his personal experiences as a Berklee graduate, musician and teacher at Universidad de los Andes, in his native Colombia.

“Our intention, with this repertoire,” he explains, “was to return to the fusion sound characteristic of the 1980’s.” A key instrument needed to achieve this sound, is the electric guitar. Acevedo recorded the album under the auspices of his teaching institution, and with the support of his jazz ensemble, a talented staff of professional engineers and musicians, and the assistance of student recording assistants.

The album is live, organic, spacious, sparkling and lovely, and the sounds of jazz that waft out of it, are pleasing to the soul, as well as the ears. Acevedo’s compositions and arrangements sound utterly alive, and he allows them to breathe, as such. The project was selected by the Center for Research and Creation, Facultad de Artes y Humanidades, Universidad de los Andes, and was recorded, live, at the Mario Laserna Auditorium at the university, on August 3rd and 4th, 2016.