Ximo Tebar was born in Valencia in 1963, and began playing the guitar at the age of seven. At seventeen he decided to turn professional and since then has performed in concerts & recordings in Spain, Europe & America, leading his own group or accompanying prestigious soloists like Johnny Griffinn, Benny Golson, Joe Lovano, Tom Harrell, Tete Montoliu, Anthony Jackson, Lou Bennett, Lou Donaldson, Louie Bellson, Joey DeFrancesco, Jan Ackerman, etc.
He has participated in most of the most important jazz festivals in the world and is the Spanish musician who has won the most awards in recent years, the most outstanding among them being four consecutive ones – Best National Jazz Soloist & Best Group, given by the Spanish Ministry of Culture and RTVE, and then the Jazz Award New York in 2007.
In December 2003 he moved to New York, beginning his introduction on the Manhattan jazz scene playing with Michael P. Mosmman, Dave Schnitter, Anthony Jackson and Arturo O’Farril in jazz clubs most typical of the area, like Birdland, Smoke, Dizzy’s Jazz at Lincoln Center… In February 2004 he signed a contract with Sunnyside Records and began working with the help of Arturo O’Farril, with the Chico O’Farril Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra, performing every Sunday at the Birdland Jazz Club. He also worked with Joe Lovano, Tom Harrel and Dave Samuels and produced several recordings with Dave Schnitter & Ester Andujar.
Considered by critics worldwide as the creator of specialized ‘Mediterranean Son’, is endorsed by his extensive discography: sixteen traditional jazz discs as well as his superb four-volume record collection The Jazz Guitar Trio, recorded alongside some of the greatest organists & drummers around, such as Joey DeFrancesco, Dr. Lonnie Smitt, Lou Bennett, Idris Muhammad and Billy Brooks.
His more personal, creative & innovative side is clearly shown in his fusion album Son Mediterráneo (WEA 1992), consolidating his talent as composer as well as arranger, a skill he not only applies to his own compositions but to other adventurous versions he tackles. The disc was rated by the magazine “World Music” as one of the 100 best jazz albums of the 90s. The title of the album was aptly named by its creator, for it reflects the theme of fusing jazz & flamenco with a Mediterranean aroma.
Other similar discs include Aranzazu, Anis del Gnomo, Te Kiero con K, Homepage (nominated best jazz album at the 1999 Music Awards and Spanish first disc to enter the charts) and Embrujado (2003).
On his more experimental & avant-garde side, his discs Eclipse (2006) & Steps (2008) have been rated as the best albums of the year by the magazine All About Jazz New York. Also, the CD Celebrating Erik Satie (2009) is an experimental work based on the music of the brilliant French composer Erik Satie, with transgressive arrangements in a jazz , free-jazz and contemporary flamenco tone.
In 2010 he released A Jazzy World Christmas, based on popular Christmas songs from different countries in a contemporary world-jazz key, featuring collaborations by some of the best modern jazz vocalists in the world.
In the year 2012, he presented Jazz Swing and Ballads in New York, a recompilation of his collection The Jazz Guitar Trios together with Lou Donaldson, Joey DeFrancesco, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Lou Bennett, Idris Muhammad & Billy Brooks.
Ximo Tebar ‘Soleo’ Band The New Son Mediterraneo
Ximo Tebar: guitar
Santi Navalón: piano
Víctor Merlo: bass
Nathaniel Townsley: drums