Carlos Averhoff Jr is a Latin Grammy nominated Cuban tenor saxophonist, contemporary Afro-Cuban Jazz composer and educator. All About Jazz names Carlos “a dynamic fresh new voice on the saxophone” and Latin Jazz Network portrays his playing as “quite extraordinarily expressive and beautiful,” further adding, “Carlos Averhoff Jr is a musician who is renowned as a virtuoso soloist.”
Released in April 2015 at Boston’s most acclaimed jazz venue, Scullers Jazz Club, his debut album iRESI has been applauded by international critics and major jazz blogs.
Acclamations include Four Stars from All About Jazz and descriptions such as “remarkable recording;” “striking music;” “bewitching;” The album was released under Greg Osby’s boutique recording label Inner Circle Music, whose founder also takes part in it. Chip Boaz’ introduction to his interview on Latin Jazz Corner paints a translucent picture of the album:
“The significant impact of Averhoff’s musical background and the artistic decisions that drive his current performances are clearly audible in the richly conceived and passionately executed iRESI. As a composer, Averhoff creates unique contexts that show connections to Cuban ulture and contemporary jazz without being overly obvious. His performance resonates with equal parts fire and smart intellect, showing a player that has done his homework, ready to explore new musical territories. Working in front of a band that includes respected artists like drummer Francisco Mela, pianist Aruan Ortiz, and guest saxophonist Greg Osby, -and bassist John Lockwood-, it’s obvious that Averhoff strives for challenge and inspiration. In so many ways, iRESI is an impressive debut that previews a promising future.”
Carlos has also collaborated with Louis Hayes, Jimmy Cobb, Bob Moses; Cuban drummers Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez and Calixto Oviedo; pianists Jason Moran, Chucho Valdes, Roberto Fonseca and Alexis Boch; saxophonists Dave Liebman, Greg Osby, Bill Pierce, Paquito d’Rivera; singers Isaac Delgado and Augusto Enriquez, and appears on Latin Grammy nominated recordings with Omara Portuondo and Buena Vista Social Club, Manuel Guajiro Mirabal, Roberto Fonseca and Temperamento, Pablo Milanes, Cuban Rumba group Los Papines, and others.