Telepathic Afro-Caribbean improvisational trumpet-and-percussion duo Aquiles Navarro and Tcheser Holmes are longtime friends, collaborators, and tireless hustlers of New York City’s creative music scenes. They just released their new album, Heritage of the Invisible II October 23rd on International Anthem, and here is its lead single/video, “Pueblo.” “Pueblo” is “a celebration of life, the coming together of the people, el pueblo, a celebration of who we are, where we come from, it’s our pueblo, our people, a feeling of openness, hope, and a future of unity from el pueblo, the people,” says Navarro.
Heritage of the Invisible II follows Navarro and Holmes’s rise to prominence as members of the free jazz collective Irreversible Entanglements – with whom they released Who Sent You? in March. Though their planned campaigning around Who Sent You? was cut short by the Covid-19 fallout, the album reached high marks from Pitchfork, Paste, Stereogum, The New Yorker, and many more. In The Nation, writer Marcus J. Moore said “Irreversible Entanglements’ fearless music takes to task the police, American politics, capitalism, and racism.” The revolutionary ethos that drives Irreversible Entanglements is no less present in Navarro and Holmes’s duo work, although the duo finds them much more wholeheartedly and jubilantly embracing their Latin and Afro-Caribbean foundations.