In the May issue of The New York City Jazz Record, “Kites Over Havana” is featured in their CD Reviews column with an article by Eric Wendell.
“In the realm of chamber music, string and brass quartets are a well-established tradition, which allow the melodic colors of their instrumentation to weave a deeply satisfying harmonic tapestry…The Vitral Saxophone Quartet (Oscar Gongora: soprano; Roman Filiu: alto; Alejandro Rios: alto and tenor; Raul Cordies: baritone) is a prime example of the beauty that four saxophones can produce. Kites Over Havana is a gorgeous entry into the canon.”
“Kites Over Havana is released under the banner of “Paquito D’Rivera Presents”, with the Cuban-born master clarinetist/saxophonist acting as a mentor of sorts to the quartet. He contributed “Kites” to the proceedings, a fine example of the quartet’s aesthetic, one which is both playful and deeply intuitive, attributable to D’Rivera’s compositional skills and the quartet’s innate understanding of each other’s styles.”
Read the full article on page 30, of the May 2017 issue available from the New York City Jazz Record website or via subscription.