Those who know him call him Gurri, a pet name matching his gregarious nature and life-affirming soul. Yet having the same moniker as the male fawn born to Bambi might cause one to discount the sheer musical gravitas of Dr. José Gurría-Cárdenas. His 25-year career began in Mexico City as a jazz drummer, gradually shifting toward composition as his oeuvre expanded to reflect influences from Ellington and Mingus to Berio and Ligeti. Gurría-Cárdenas’ comprehensive study has culminated in the debut album of his 22-piece ensemble, the Gurrisonic Orchestra, featuring original works beautifully orchestrated for brass, woodwinds, strings and rhythm section in a hybrid of jazz band and classical sinfonietta. Extreme in ambition, expansive in vision and expressive in emotion, the album is a sonic boom, its forceful reverberations announcing an important new voice in jazz composition.