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No Base Trio (Suazo / Vicens / Osuna): No Base Trio (Setola Di Maiale)

The trio of alto saxophonist Jonathan Suazo, guitarist Gabriel Vicens, and drummer Leonardo Osuna, formed in 2010 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, emerging from a standards-based band influenced by jazz, rock, electronic and ambient music to a fully free improv group, focusing on creative improvisation that balances lyrical moments with raw sound & energetic momentum.

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UPC: 195269016302

Label: Setola Di Maiale
Catalog ID: 4180
Squidco Product Code: 29585

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: Italy
Packaging: Digipack - 4 panel
Recorded at Audio Degenerate, in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, on Janurary 21st, 2019, by Marcos Maura.


Jonathan Suazo-alto saxophone

Gabriel Vicens-electric guitar

Leonardo Osuna-drums

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Artist Biographies:

"Jonathan Suazo:

Born and raised in Puerto Rico (July 8th 1989), Jonathan got interested in the arts very early in life. His father was a Graphic Designer/Saxophonist that always had a great love for the arts. These passions rubbed off on young Jonathan as he grew interested in photography, paintings and of course, music. He picked up his dad's instrument at the age of 12 right before starting his studies at the "Escuela Libre de Música Ernesto Ramon Antinini" in San juan, where he graduated from with a growing interest for Jazz music. He then Went along to form part of the Jazz department at the Music Conservatory of Puerto Rico where he really started to dig into the music on a much more serious level. While in the Consevatory, Jonathan received numerous scholarships from Berklee Collage of Music by attending the summer camps that they offer in Puerto Rico every year; Jonathan decided it was best to stay at the Conservatory in Puerto Rico where he graduated from with honors thanks to the teachings and guidance of great teachers like: Marco Pignataro, Rafael "el Indio" Martinez, Ricardo Pons and Mariano Morales. Throughout the years, Jonathan has been making a name for himself in the Puerto Rico Jazz scene, releasing his first album as leader ("Extracts of a Desire" -SUAZOJAZZ- febuary 19, 2013) and leading his quintet in the most important Jazz event in the Caribbean "The Puerto Rico Heineken Jazz fest" (march 22, 2013); Suazo has also shared the stage with great artist such as: Paoli Mejias, Tony, Escapa, Eddie Gomez, Luis Aquino, Miguel Zenón, David Sanchez, Charlie Sepulveda and many others.

Jonathan's music can be described as "Very emotional" with an Afro Caribbean/ Rock/Experimental vibe to it. He seeks to transmit energy, life experiences, feelings, and ideals through his compositions.."

-One Point FM (

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"Acclaimed by Downbeat Magazine as "a thoughtful improviser with a quiet tone who makes every note count," Manhattan-based guitarist, composer, improviser, and painter Gabriel Vicéns is one of the most in-demand guitarists on the New York City jazz scene. Originally from Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, Vicéns made a move to NYC after a 5-year Professorship at the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico. He has been mentored by an impressive list of performers and composers, including Ray Anderson, Miguel Zenón, David Sánchez, Paul Bollenback, Antonio Hart, Fernando Mattina, Carlos Cabrer, Daria Semegen, Lois V Vierk and Luis Perdomo. Legendary bassist Eddie Gómez says Vicéns is "a creative musician that displays a new vision on the guitar." Vicéns playing and compositions are influenced by many genres, ranging from jazz, rock, new classical music, electronic music, and the Caribbean and Latin American folklore.

Vicéns has been featured at venues and festivals such as Puerto Rico Heineken Jazz Fest, SF Jazz Center in San Francisco, Ljubljana Jazz Festival in Slovenia, Uno Jazz San Remo Festival in Italy, and the Festival Havana World Music in Cuba. In New York, he frequents prominent venues such as The Cell Theater, Cornelia Street Cafe, Latea Theater, Fat Cat, The Owl Music Parlor, and Terraza 7 both as a leader of his own groups and as a sideman. He is a member of the free improvisational collaborative group No Base Trio, alongside alto saxophonist Jonathan Suazo and drummer Leonardo Osuna. Vicéns has performed and worked with artists such as Alex Sipiagin, David Sánchez, Miguel Zenón, Luis Perdomo, Paoli Mejias, Will Vinson, Henry Cole, Joe Martin, Rudy Royston, among others. Internationally, he has performed throughout Slovenia, Italy, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the states.

As a painter, Vicéns has studied with renowned artist Pat Lipsky at The Art Students League of New York and has shown his work in many venues throughout the city. In 2018, Vicéns was invited to participate in the group exhibition Dislexia Geografica held at The Clemente Soto Vélez: Cultural and Educational Center featuring a wide range of artists from Latin America. Currently, Vicéns is actively painting and working on a project comprised of composing music inspired by his paintings and crafting paintings inspired by his music.

Vicéns holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico, a Master of Music degree from Queens College and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Stony Brook University. He plans to release his third album as a leader in 2020. Entitled The Way We are Created, his upcoming record will feature compositions influenced by folklore music from Puerto Rico and Cuba such as bomba, plena, and Changüí, featuring saxophonist Roman Filiú, pianist Glenn Zaleski, bassist Rick Rosato, drummer E.J. Strickland, and percussionist Victor Pablo."

-Gabriel Vicens Website (

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Leonardo Osuna Sosa is a Puerto Rican drummer, composer, musical director, known for his work with The No Base Trio, Thought Experiment, Sr. Langosta and Loop Council. He appears on albums by Edén Cruz and Dianne Reeves.

-Squidco 3/29/2023

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track listing:

1. Ext - I 8:48

2. Ext - II 8:23

3. Ext - III 3:08

4. Ext - IV 2:32

5. Ext - V 4:18

6. Ext - VI 5:25

7. Ext - VII 11:40

8. Ext - VIII 13:13

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"This recording features an energetic and imaginative set of entirely improvised music by one of Puerto Rico's most creative bands.

No Base Trio is the union of alto saxophonist Jonathan Suazo, guitarist Gabriel Vicéns, and drummer Leonardo Osuna focusing on creating music without barriers and consistently pushing boundaries of sound and improvisation. After 10 years of performing at many important venues in Puerto Rico, No Base Trio will release their debut album on July 10th, 2020 under the radical label, Setola di Maiale created by Paolo De Piaggi and Stefano Giust, which highlights some of the most adventurous and creative musicians all around the world.

Recorded in January 2019 in Puerto Rico, the debut album features an entire set of highly creative, fully improvised music with influences of jazz, rock, electronic music, and ambient music. No Base Trio has a peculiar, individualized voice that these musicians have collaboratively crafted for over a decade. The energy of the album can be felt from the first track, EXT - 1. The track gradually leads to an energetic interplay of sounds, while the second track EXT - 2 is carried by a repetitive groove built between Vicéns and Osuna, and followed by Suazo's imaginative melodic lines. Vicéns and Suazo intentionally craft their sound with special pedal effects throughout the album, exploring different textures and characters.

Other highlights include EXT - 5, an abrupt free improvised guitar intro by Vicéns, gradually joined by Osuna's percussion and Suazo's "EWI," leading to a swinging guitar solo over a distinct walking bass by Suazo and the straight-ahead drumming of Osuna. The album culminates with EXT - 8, a meditative improvisation starting with the guitar creating some mysterious and unusual sounds, soon joined by Osuna's floaty cymbals and Suazo's inventive EWI sounds.

With the release of the No Base Trio debut album, this outstanding group is a representation of music's continuous evolution, as these musicians find new ways of expression with wisdom, creativity, and passion. No Base Trio's self-titled album is destined to become both a landmark in the canon of music made by Puerto Rican musicians, as well as in the canon of global music."-No Base Trio

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