Santana’s Trumpeter Bill Ortiz Goes Solo with New cd


Bill Ortiz has been receiving nothing but the highest praise for his debut cd, From Where I Stand, which was released on July 12th. From Where I Stand features 13 original compositions that Ortiz describes as “a diverse musical journey” that transcends his unique Neo-Soul and Nu-Jazz styles and Funk influences. The most authoritative national music industry magazine, Music Connection writes that “Contemporary jazz trumpet greats have a run for their money now that longtime Santana sideman Ortiz enters the urban jazz scene with this chillin’, artsy yet infectious, easy grooving debut.” Nate Seltenrich of Oakland’s East Bay Express comments that “Despite the Santana connection, there’s no Latin to be found among Ortiz’s thirteen originals; he dabbles instead in jazz, soul, R&B, and even reggae, mastering each language as he goes.” Veteran Connecticut-based New Haven Advocate and The Entertainer music critic, Ed Jennings, writes on, “Right from the first note of the initial track AyeJaye, you know where you stand with your musical guide, Bill Ortiz. You are swept away on a magic carpet ride of orchestrated funk.”

Ortiz has been a member of Carlos Santana’s touring band since 2000, a spot he secures after performing on the Santana’s 1999 smash single Smooth from the multi-Grammy-winning, 30-million selling smash CD, Supernatural. Ortiz also appears on the Grammy-winning single “The Game of Love” from Santana’s 2002 release, Shaman. Santana has said of Ortiz’s playing that “Bill articulates the beautiful language of jazz without losing the purity and innocence of a child. It’s a wonderful experience to share music every night with him.”

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