"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication"
- Leonardo Da Vinci
This is a unique project..YES! All the elements that form this project had never been together before in one place. The music of SIMPLE establishes a new genre, a new style of música puertorriqueña that brings influences and sensibilities from all over the world effortlessly into one common place—The Groove. In an era where almost all of the music is being recorded one musician at a time, having such an amazing line up of artists playing together at STUDIO A is an extraordinary event, one that the studio interns still talk about.The main recording sessions were a 4 day lockout at Jimi Hendrix's Electric Lady Studios with a room full of incredible talent working all together, sometimes up to 15 musicians tracking at the same time! The sessions were also filmed on video by multi-award winners Kacho Lopez and Cesar Berríos and photographed by Luis R Vidal. My goal is to release a full 12 track album along with a documentary about how the music came together, about the power of unity, the musicians involved and the inspiration behind all of this project that has become a way of life to me after 3 years. Also, it is my intention to portray how we can use this principle of Simplicity as a place to be reached through constant practice, a constant search for knowledge and using SIMPLE as a way of life in general.
I am 100% confident that this will be a very important project and its impact will last for many years.
- Henry Cole, December 2017
Henry Cole is a shape-shifting drummer whose versatile, multicultural style positions him at the forefront of a growing wave of jazz innovation and cross-cultural 21st-century rhythms.
A Grammy award winner, master drummer and skilled arranger, he draws inspiration from a long line of highly skilled Boricua Pioneers who performed in local, military and jazz bands. His sonic roots - African, Indigenous and European - have been brewing for years and have come together to create a unique, mestizo sound.
A native of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, Cole started playing the piano at the age of four and fell in love with the drums at the age of nine. The musical romance led to La Escuela Libre de Música de Mayaguez and the Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico.