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No Base Trio: NBT II [2 CDs] (Setola Di Maiale)

Evolving from a standards-based jazz band formed in 2010 into a collective free improv band of great depth and complex rhythmical approach, with an innate lyrical sense garnered from their roots, the Puerto Rican trio of alto saxophonist Jonathan Suazo, guitarist Gabriel Vicéns, and drummer Leonardo Osuna present a double album of spontaneous composition and sophisticated conversation.

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UPC: 195269202187

Label: Setola Di Maiale
Catalog ID: SM4490-4500
Squidco Product Code: 32700

Format: 2 CDs
Condition: New
Released: 2022
Country: Italy
Packaging: Digipack - 8 panel
Recorded at El Padrino Recording, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in August, 2021, by Julio Gonzalez.


Jonathan Suazo-alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, flute, EWI

Gabriel Vicens-electric guitar

Leonardo Osuna-drums

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"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 1/25/2023

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track listing:


1. St [1] 11:08

2. St [2] 8:03

3. St [3] 14:28

4. St [4] 13:41


1. St [5] 20:53

2. St [6] 7:55

3. St [7] 28:51
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"No Base Trio releases their spectacular and completely improvised works in their second studio album, "NBT II." The experimental ensemble continues its musical journey by releasing this immersive double album under the radical label Setola di Maiale.

Following their 2020 critically-acclaimed eponymous debut album, Setola di Maiale proudly presents Puerto Rico-based experimental ensemble No Base Trio's latest recording, "NBT II." This album features a collection of intuitively powerful, fully-improvised works that shine with creativity and push the trio in imaginative and unpredictable ways.

This brilliant ensemble has been working together for over 12 years, and their unique chemistry is unquestionable in their new studio recording, as it was already experienced in their debut album. No Base Trio was founded in 2010 by a group of Puerto Rican musicians who desired to explore beyond the predictability of most written music and found that by creating entirely improvised compositions, the possibilities were boundless and full of surprises.

The mesmerizing music on "NBT II" was recorded the day after a well-received concert at El Bastion in Old San Juan, a cultural center dedicated to developing multiple art disciplines in Puerto Rico.

"NBT II is a continuation of our first release, as our group's focus is the spontaneous creation and development of compositions, right on the spot. Whether in live performances or recording in the studio, we don't talk about what we will play and we don't have a predetermined program. In that way, our approach is always the same, but it's also always brand new. Naturally, because of all these years playing together, we know each other very well which has built a lot of musical trust and understanding. That understanding of one another's musical instincts and personalities is one of the critical components in our ensemble. Our individual musical backgrounds and aesthetics combine to create the sound of the band, which is hard to define as one genre other than the all-encompassing description of free improvised and experimental music. It's all about listening to each other, being in the moment, and taking chances."

NBT is formed by alto saxophonist Jonathan Suazo, guitarist Gabriel Vicens and drummer Leonardo Osuna. Their music is characterized by carrying many influences coming from jazz, rock, ambient, noise, electronic, and metal. At the same time, the musicians have created a distinctive voice as a group that defines the sound of No Base Trio. Listeners are encouraged to be open-minded and listen to how sounds and grooves converge, creating a remarkable sound world full of energy and surprises."-Setola Di Maiale

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