Natural Trio, a Jazz Fusion Band based in Havana, performed at the “Café Miramar“, in Havana on 21st of May 2015. This jazz fusion band is composed by Emilio Martini on guitar, Jose Hermida on contrabass and Giosvani Betancourt in the drawer and minor percussion.
Jazz has always had many Latin music features since the early twenties; but never with enough force to consider it as Jazz fusion. It is not until the 40 ‘when the strong influence of Cuban musicians, incorporates in its repertoire a strong presence of Afro-Cuban rhythms, resulted in a true fusion. The Big Band of Machito and Dizzy Gillespie’s work, are a clear example.
From the variety of styles that were originated during those years, Latin jazz was one of those who achieved the greatest impact worldwide.
It was not until the mid-70s when the real fusion of jazz with Latin music happened. Talking of “Latin jazz” is talking about a variety of music such as bossa nova from Brazil whose most important representatives are: Antonio Carlos Jobim, Joao Gilberto, Baden Powell and Egberto Gismonti among others; Afro-Cuban music with Irakere, Arturo Sandoval, Chano Pozo, Paquito D’Rivera and Chucho Valdes; and tango (from Argentina).
Also during those years other fusion like flamenco occurs. By the late ’60s artists like Miles Davis or John Coltrane began to fuse jazz with the genre of Spanish origin. Pedro Iturralde was one of the first Spanish musicians to create this new genre of Jazz Flamenco, disk on which collaborated Paco de Lucía.