jueves, 18 de septiembre de 2014

Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra - The Offense Of The Drum (2014)

Source: Allaboutjazz
Label: Motema

The Offense Of The Drum may be the least cohesive record in Arturo O'Farrill's discography, but that's largely by design. Here, O'Farrill firmly adheres to his stated "artistic vision"—"to bend what the world knows as Afro Latin jazz over the acoustic horizon"—better than anywhere else in his discography. Guests galore and a belief in Afro Latin camaraderie help him realize that goal, resulting in the most intriguing and expansive offering that he's ever released.

In some ways this album is simply a documentation of O'Farrill's work at New York's Symphony Space. It was there that he broke new ground with pianist Vijay Iyer, DJ Logic, Colombian harpist Edmar Castaneda, spoken word artist Christopher "Chilo" Cajigas, saxophonist Donald Harrison, and percussionist Samuel Torres. The relationship between each of those artists and O'Farrill's Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra is spotlighted on this album. "Cuarto De Colores"—the title track of Castaneda's debut album—is fleshed out to good effect, thanks in large part to the pen of Torres; DJ Logic and the band lay the groundwork for Cajigas' Puerto Rican pride preaching on "They Came"; Iyer simultaneously toys with the concepts of stasis and development on his ode to O'Farrill—"The Mad Hatter"; and a straight line is drawn from NOLA to Cuba when Harrison shows up for "Iko Iko." Each of those pieces stand apart from the others in many respects, yet they stand in solidarity as firm examples of the evolving definition of Afro Latin jazz. Read more...

1. Cuarto de Colores
2. They Came
3. On the Corner of Malecón
4. Mercado en Domingo
5. Gnossienne 3
6. The Mad Hatter
7. The Offense of the Drum
8. Alma Vacía
9. Iko Iko

Arturo O'Farrill: piano; Ivan Renta: tenor saxophone; Peter Brainin: tenor saxophone; Bobby Porcelli: alto saxophone; David DeJesus:alto saxophone; Jason Marshall: baritone saxophone; Seneca Black: trumpet; Jim Seeley: trumpet; John Bailey: trumpet; Jonathan Powell: trumpet; Tokunori Kajiwara: trombone; Rafi Malkiel: trombone, euphonium; Frank Cohen: trombone; Earl McIntyre: bass trombone, tuba; Gregg August: bass; Vince Cherico: drums; Roland Guerrero: congas; Joe Gonzalez: bongos, bell; Pablo O Bilbraut: percussion (8); Miguel Blanco: conductor (5, 8); Christopher "Chilo" Cajigas: spoken word (2); Edmar Castaneda: harp (1); Ayanda Clarke: djembe (7); DJ Logic: turntables (2); Jonathan Gomez: percussion (4); Nestor Gomez: percussion (4); Donald Harrison: vocals (9), alto saxophone (9); Vijay Iyer: piano (6); Hiro Kurashima: taiko drum (7); Chad Lefkowitz-Brown: tenor saxophone (7); Jason Lindner: conductor (2); Antonio Lizana: vocals (5), alto saxophone (5); Pablo Mayor: conductor (4), maracas: (4); Uri Sharlin: accordion (5); Samuel Torres: conductor (1), cajon (1). 

"The most important thing I look for in a musician,
 is whether he knows how to listen."
  - Duke Ellington - 


Art Pepper - Saturday Night At The Village Vanguard (1979)


01.You Go To My Head Written-By – Haven Gillespie, J. Fred Coots 11:35 
02.The Trip Written-By – Art Peppe 12:25 
03.Cherokee Written-By – Ray Noble 16:13
04.For Freddie Bonus Track

Line Up:
Art Pepper Alto Saxophone, 
George Mraz Bass
Elvin Jones Drums
George Cables Piano

The Vanguard sessions (Thursday Night, Friday Night and Saturday Night at The Village Vanguard, 
Contemporary 7642, 7643, and 7644) were recorded July 28, 29 and 30 1977 at The Village Vanguard, New York City.

Review by Scott Yanow
The CD reissue of this release, the third of four single sets that document Art Pepper's well-received engagement at the Village Vanguard, adds "For Freddie" to the original three-song program. The other selections, which feature pianist George Cables, bassist George Mraz and drummer Elvin Jones in addition to the altoist/leader, are intense interpretations of "You Go to My Head," Pepper's "The Trip" and a 16-minute version of "Cherokee." The altoist was entering his peak period and the entire gig has also been fully documented on a massive nine-CD box set.


Shelly Mane - Shelly Mane & His Men Volume 1 (The West Coast Sound 1953-55)

01.- Grasshopper
02.- La mucura
03.- Summer night
04.- Afrodesia
05.- You and the night and the  music
06.- Gazelle
07.- Sweets
08.- Spring is here
09.- Mallets
10.- You’re getting to be a habit with me
11.- You’re my thill
12.- Fugue

Shelly Manne : drums
Bob Enevolsen : valve trombone
Art Pepper :  alto sax
Bud Shank : alto sax
Joe Maini : alto sax
Bob Cooper : tenor sax
Bill Holman : Tenor sax
Jimmy Giuffre :  baritone sax
Marty Paich : piano
Russ Freeman :  piano
Curtis Counce : bass
Joe Mondragon : bass
Ralph Pena : bass


Wynton Marsalis ‎– Marsalis Standard Time Vol. 1 (1986)