Roland Vazquez
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All-star Afro Latin Jazz Fusion Quintet, Octet, & Big-band Recordings on RVCD CDs and Digital Downloads.

Roland's music can be found on services like Apple Music and Spotify.


Tim Albright, Ignacio Berroa
Isrea Butler, Larry Farrell
Joel Frahm, James de la Garza
James Genus, Aaron Heick
Jim Hershman, Tony Kadleck
Ben Kono, Pete McCann
Alex Norris, Keith O'Quinn
Jon Owens, Luis Perdomo
Christos Rafaelides, Sean Ritenauer
Roger Rosenberg, Jack Schatz
Samuel Torres, Dan Willis

(Total Time: 72:34)
****½ "The star of The Visitor is Vazquez's luminous, precise writing, with an intriguing rhythm section of first-class NYC-based players that effectively functions as an orchestra within the orchestra ..."
   -- Downbeat (read review here)
"With The Visitor, drummer Roland Vazquez joins the ranks of Maria Schneider and Darcy James Argue as a visionary composer of contemporary big-band jazz."
   -- Jazz Times (read review here)
"The charts merge rhythmic intensity, contrasting layers of harmonically dense brass and reed voicings, and impassioned soloing into a majestic whole."
   --Jazziz (read review here)

  1. Urantia - listen
  2. Thru A Window - listen
  3. The Visitor - listen
  4. Whirlpool - listen
  5. Sevilla - listen
  6. Guarabe' - listen
  7. The Path Of Change - listen

Read more about The Visitor here.


Walt Weiskopf
Mark Soskin
Anthony Jackson
Ricardo Candelaria

(Total Time: 70:11)
"...excellent music and musicianship ... a powerhouse band of veterans ... spirited improvisation and interplay. The best of Vazquez so far ..."
   (Michael G. Nastos/ All Music Guide)
"Vazquez himself was a marvel of constantly shifting patterns that flowed smoothly from one piece of his kit to another ... Latin jazz rarely sounds so cool."
   (Roger Levesque/ Edmonton Journal)

  1. Intro (Vogue Theatre) - listen
  2. Dance for Louise - listen
  3. No Rest for the Bones of the Dead - listen
  4. Beyond This Dream - listen
  5. Sevilla - listen
  6. No Place To Hide This Heart - listen
  7. Sum Fun 2 - listen
  8. The Path of Change - listen
  9. Las Mediosas - listen


Ricardo Candelaria
Anthony Jackson
Mark Soskin
Walt Weiskopf

(Total Time: 76:59)
"... a brilliant document."
   (B. Milkowski/Audio)
"Vazquez continues to re-define how we experience music ..."
   (H. Grey/JazzTimes)
"... one of the great overlooked CD's of the year."
   (B. Blumenthal/Boston Globe, July '97)
"An outstanding CD."
   (R. Rico/Latin Beat, April '97)

  1. Sevilla - listen
  2. Las Mediosas - listen
  3. Beyond This Dream - listen
  4. Sylviana - listen
  5. Sum Fun Dango - listen
  6. Tu Sabes - listen
  7. No Place to Hide This Heart - listen
  8. The Path of Change - listen
  9. The Price - listen
  10. Duo 2 - listen
  11. Further Dance - listen


Luis Conte
Walt Fowler
Anthony Jackson
Frankie Malabé
Mark Soskin
Steve Tavaglione
Walt Weiskopf
Albert Wing
David Witham

(Total Time: 57:02)
"****, 'No Separate Love' doesn't lack for adventure or different, interesting textures... With an even split among New York and L.A. session players... Vazquez and company prove to be cohesive and heat-seeking. They cook it up on nearly every tune, whether the romp is Latin-based, street funk, or jazz-flavored."
   (R. Tolleson/Downbeat, January '92)

  1. No Separate Love - listen
  2. No Rest for the Bones of the Dead - listen
  3. Turn Back the Dark - listen
  4. In the Space Between - listen
  5. Teresa - listen
  6. Bailar [From Piano Analogies] - listen
  7. The Day After - listen
  8. In the Clear - listen
  9. The River - listen
  10. Thru a Window - listen
  11. Children's Song [From Piano Analogies] - listen


Dean Brown
Luis Conte
Ronnie Cuber
Anthony Jackson
Dave LaLama
Brian Lynch
Dick Oatts
Mike Stern
Dan Wilensky

(Total Time: 42:54)
"****, Vazquez remains true to his musical vision on 'The Tides of Time,' a Latin-flavored offering with strong horn charts, percolating percussion work, irresistible grooves, and dynamic solos by a string of special guests... Vazquez' most ambitious piece is a cinematic suite which shifts moods and colors, going from big band explosion to a scaled-down quartet."
   (B. Milkowski/Downbeat, October '89)

  1. Pire (The Inner Flame) - listen
  2. Dance for Louise - listen
  3. Kifaru [Live to 2-trk] - listen
  4. Palladium (W. Shorter) - listen
  5. Celestial Maiden - listen
  6. 60 Berkley Place [Live to 2-trk] - listen
  7. By What They Did Not See - listen
  8. ...And He Wandered the Tides of Time [In Memory of My Father's Life] - listen


Alex Acuna, Manolo Badrena
Jim Coile, Nathan East
Gary Herbig, Flim Johnson
Abe Laboriel, Bennie Maupin
Ralph Rickert, Steve Tavaglione
Phil Upchurch, Larry Williams

(Total Time: 40:30)
"The pioneering drummer-composer... broke a great deal of ground for the soulful, Latin rhythmic threads of contemporary jazz, as evidenced in the brisk horns leaping to life on ('Feel Your Dream')..."
   (H. Grey/JazzTimes, Jan/Feb '96)

  1. Feel Your Dream - listen
  2. The Spare - listen
  3. G'Anna - listen
  4. Nevermore... Than Now (C. Wike) - listen
  5. Somewhat Others - listen
  6. Only What Ya' Feel - listen
  7. Let Their Voices Be As Music - listen
  8. Together We Dream - listen
(recorded in 1977-1981)


Manolo Badrena, Mike Carnahan
Jim Coile, John Darst
Clare Fischer, Abe Laboriel
Bennie Maupin, Ralph Rickert
Patrice Rushen, Chuck Wike
Ken Wild, Larry Williams

(Total Time: 65:56)
"... an essential document, not to mention some of the most exciting, ahead-of-its-time big horn jazz ever recorded, on 'Best of the L.A. Jazz Ensemble.' This 'urban ensemble' formed in the mid-'70s, drew upon the finest musical talents of Southern California to create a unique soundtrack for Los Angeles - a living, forward-moving pulsebeat integrating multi-cultural textures... a must-have for any collection."
   (H. Grey/JazzTimes, June '94)

  1. Atena - listen
  2. Dark Dreamer - listen
  3. Elegy for Stella Marie - listen
  4. In the Life Before - listen
  5. The Force That Flows - listen
  6. Eternal Triangle - listen
  7. Urantia - listen
  8. She Might Be Spring - listen
  9. And What Do You Like to Be Called? - listen
  10. Abruja - listen
(recorded in 1977)