handles the bass with great dexterity
— Jazz Times
a diverse bassist that walks between traditional and Latin jazz worlds with ease
— Latin Jazz Corner
rock solid and often propulsive bass work
— All About Jazz
unas aptitudes extraordinarias, un sonido demoledor y un lenguaje rico y sólido
— Tomajazz

Reviews of Latina

In 2014, gaita virtuoso Cristina Pato comissioned "The Latina 6-8 Suite" for her album latina. In addition to composing the suite, Perez performed on the album and directed. Upon it's realease in 2015, it received a four star review from Downbeat magazine. The review can be found on page 62 or the Jan 2016 issue.


Perez was later asked to arrange the piece for the Silkroad Ensemble and his arrangement for gaita, string quartet, bass, and percussion has been performed in venues including The Kennedy CenterBoston Symphony HallMassey Hall, and Chicago Symphony Center.

The concerts received great critical acclaim:

-Boston Classical Review

-Boston Globe

-Chicago Tribune


The year of two sUmmers

Upon it's release, Perez's album "The Year of Two Summers" was selected as album of the week by Latin Jazz Corner.

Perez shares a rich tapestry of life experiences on The Year of Two Summers, revealing an astute artist with a wide palette of musical influences. His integration of Latin styles reflects an authentic connection with the music, but it avoids a stiff adherence to conventions. Perez allows the genres to breath within his compositions; he travels between the styles, drawing upon their inherent similarities. There’s a natural ease to the work that feels both comfortable and informed - Perez has obviously worked extensively in each genre and his experience shines through the recording. At the same time, each composition contains a significant amount of depth, filled with rich harmonies, carefully constructed melodies, and complex forms. His compositional approach challenges listeners while inviting them along for a ride through his view of the world. Perez’s band shows a definite empathy for his cross-cultural perspective while displaying a strong foundation in jazz aesthetics. The interaction between soloists and rhythm section reflects a study of the best jazz improvisers and a firm application of that education. Their voices support Perez’s vision without overwhelming it, instead bringing their personalities into the greater whole. The knowledgeable and insightful musical approach on The Year of Two Summers reveals an observant voice in Perez’s compositional style that blends life, culture, and tradition into an intriguing mixture - an exciting journey that will easily keep us engaged as we wait for the next chapter
— Latin Jazz Corner