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If creating an unmistakable group sound is the ultimate goal of a jazz ensemble, the Spanish trio Naima is well on its way to securing a spot as one of the leading combos on the contemporary European scene. Featuring Enrique Ruiz on piano and synths, Luis Torregrosa on drums, and Rafael Ramos Sania on double bass, the Valencia-based electro-acoustic band has honed a dramatic, darkly romantic sound marked by astringent textures, arresting melodies, and tightly coiled rhythms.

While the group has undergone several changes since coming together a decade ago, Naima has maintained the founding core of Ruiz and Torregrosa, who write and arrange the majority of the material together. Avoiding the jazz trio trope of a theme followed by a string of solos, they’ve concentrated on a group approach that often erases distinctions between soloist and accompanist. The ebb and flow of energy and finely calibrated inner dynamics, as well as their concern with melody and song sometimes brings to mind the trios of Vijay Iyer and Brad Mehldau and The Bad Plus, but in the hands of Naima, the results reach very different emotional terrain.

The artful use of electronic effects and synthesizer adds an unusual element to the trio’s sound, which flows from a collective ethos that "is one of the key factors of Naima’s music," says Ruiz. "It is what gives the band its character and also exerts influence while we’re writing new material. We use synthesizers as an extra instrument, amplifying our range of colors and intensities."

The origins for Naima date back to a fateful encounter between Ruiz and Torregrosa as teenagers. "We hit it off from the very start because he was wearing a t-shirt of [The Pixies] Surfer Rosa," says Ruiz. "But it wasn’t until nearly 10 years later when we bumped into each other again at a jazz concert that we decided to start up a group together."

If creating an unmistakable group sound is the ultimate goal of a jazz ensemble, the Spanish trio Naima is well on its way to securing a spot as one of the leading combos on the contemporary European scene. Featuring Enrique Ruiz on piano and synths, Luis Torregrosa on drums, and Rafael Ramos Sania on double bass, the Valencia-based electro-acoustic band has honed a dramatic, darkly romantic sound marked by astringent textures, arresting melodies, and tightly coiled rhythms.

While the group has undergone several changes since coming together a decade ago, Naima has maintained the founding core of Ruiz and Torregrosa, who write and arrange...

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Past Gigs Naima trio

  • 11 | 2016 BCN Vilnius Mama Jazz Fest. Lithuania
  • 04 | 2016 Abril Primavera Jazz Fest.
  • 04 | 2016 Madrid Festimad/Rock Palace
  • 04 | 2016 Valencia Cafe Mercedes Jazz

Discography Naima trio

  • 2016 Bye Album | Cuneiform Records
  • 2014 A trio Conspiracy Album | Clamshell records
  • 2010 Buscas? Album | Milana Bonita
  • 2006 Uno Album | Comboi Records

Media

  • Video NAIMA // Bye Live at CMJ (E...
  • Video NAIMA // Al llegar sabriamo...
  • Video Animal Chin
  • Video Future Imperfect

Origin

  • Valencia ES

Founded

  • 2006

Members

  • Luis Torregrosa Drums
  • Enrique Ruiz Piano, synths
  • Ralph Branches Double bass

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