Digital Crate Digging Continues per Music Monday!! We’re listening to some Afro-Cuban jazz from Chico O’Farrill And His Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra with a track called Igor’s Dream!!
This is from their Pure Emotion album. These cats are playing!! Check out the album notes and the track!!
Chico O’Farrill & His Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra.Personnel: Chico O’Farrill (conductor); Arturo O’Farrill, Jr. (piano); Mario Rivera, Bob Franceschini, Lenny Hambro, Rolando Briceno, Pablo Calogero, Gerald Chamberlain, Papo Vasquez, Robin Eubanks, Earl McIntyre, Victor Paz, Michael Mossman, Jim Seeley, Dan Collette, Tim Ouimette, Jeffrey Scott, Sharon Moe, Andy Gonzalez, Manny Oquendo, Jerry Gonzalez, Steve Berrios, Elisabeth Monder.Recorded in February 1995.
PURE EMOTION was nominated for a 1996 Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Performance.Personnel: Steve Berrios (quinto, drums, percussion); Mario Rivera, Bob Franceschini (flute, clarinet, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Lenny Hambro, Rolando Napoleon Briceno (flute, clarinet, alto saxophone); Pablo Calogero (baritone saxophone); Dan Collette, Tim Ouimette, Victor Paz, Michael Philip Mossman, Jim Seeley (trumpet); Sharon Moe (French horn); Angel Papo Vasquez, Earl McIntyre, Gerald Chamberlain, Papo Vasquez, Robin Eubanks (trombone); Arturo O’Farrill (piano); Jerry Gonzalez (congas); Manny Oquendo (bongos, bells).Audio Mixer: Michael Semanick.
Liner Note Authors: Todd Barkan; Bob Blumenthal.Recording information: Clinton Recording Studios, Inc., New York, NY (02/1995).Photographer: John Abbott .Unknown Contributor Roles: Chico O’Farrill; Angel Papo Vasquez; Earl McIntyre; Elisabeth Monder; Gerald Chamberlain; Lenny Hambro; Rolando Napoleon Briceno; Dan Collette; Jerry Gonzalez; Manny Oquendo; Mario Rivera; Andy Gonz lez; Pablo Calogero; Robin Eubanks; Arturo O’Farrill; Steve Berrios; Victor Paz; Sharon Moe; Michael Philip Mossman; Jim Seeley; Bob Franceschini; Tim Quimette.
Arranger: Chico O’Farrill.
After not having led a recording session under his own name in 29 years, O’Farrill came from seemingly out of nowhere to lead a terrific Afro-Cuban big band date on this CD. O’Farrill claims that he turned down offers to lead standard seven or eight-piece salsa bands on records over the years, preferring to wait until a big band opportunity came along – and clearly, he was bursting with accumulated charts dating from the 1960s through the 1990s.
Not too much has changed since O’Farrill’s exciting string of albums for Clef in the 1950s; if anything, his arranging hand has become surer, more sophisticated, thoroughly in touch as ever with a wide variety of influences. Most striking of all is how O’Farrill was able to build a fire underneath the musicians in the band, which includes leaders in their own right like trombonist Robin Eubanks, conguero Jerry Gonzalez and drummer Steve Berrios, as well as Tito Puente’s tenor sax/flute player Mario Rivera and O’Farrill’s son Arturo Jr. on piano.