His new Intakt recording Hidden Voices, featuring Ortiz with bassist Eric Revis and drummer Gerald Cleaver, has earned wide critical praise.
"Aruán Ortiz weaves multiple strands of tradition through his music, with an endgame of deep mystification. A pianist originally from Cuba, he has been a creative force at least since the release of his debut album 20 years ago. But he's moving into a new tier withHidden Voices. An imposingly assured album informed both by folkloric Afro-Cuban custom and the postwar jazz avant-garde, it officially introduces his lean, watchful trio with Eric Revis on bass and Gerald Cleaver on drums." – Nate Chinen,NY Times
4 stars. "How to critique this dance in and out of abstraction? Viscerally, that's how. After all, Ortiz gives us plenty to savor... Hidden Voices testifies to Ortiz's eloquence and originality." – Bob Doerschuk,DownBeat