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The one track I'll leave you to discover for yourself is "Clump/ Unclump" –– it is sandwiched between Dr. West's stunning "Oratorio" and the rousing Suite that closes the album. "Four Questions" is splendid listening from start to finish. This is music that makes you want to dance, challenges your ears as well as your beliefs, filled with brilliant writing, intelligent arrangements, delightful playing, and more. On top of all that, Arturo O'Farrill's Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra continues one of the finest large ensembles on the planet!
For more information, go to www.arturoofarill.com.
Arturo O'Farrill - piano, compositions, arrangements
Saxophones – Bobby Porcelli, Ivan Renta, Jeremy Powell, Larry Bustamente, and David DeJesus
Trumpets – Bryan Davis, Seneca Black, Dave Smith, Adam O'Farrill, and John Bailey
Trombones and tuba – Rafi Malkiel, Kajiwara Tokunuri, Frank Cohen and Earl McIntyre
Ricardo Rodriguez – bass
Vince Cherico – drums
Tony Rosa and Carly Maldonado – congas, bongos, and percussion
Personnel for "A Still, Small Voice":
Arturo O'Farrill – composer and conductor
Saxophones – Ivan Renta, Bobby Porcelli, David DeJesus, Peter Brainin, and Jason Marshall
Trumpets – Seneca Black, John Bailey, Jim Seeley, and Jonathan Powell
Trombones – Rafi Malkiel, Kajiwara Tokunuri, Frank Cohen and Earl McIntyre
French horn – Sharon Moe
Turntables – DJ Logic
Bass – Gregg August
Drums – Vince Cherico
Congas and bongos – Roland Guerrero and Joe Gonzalez
Piano – Alison Deane
plus a Choir conducted by Jana Ballard with Aubrey Johnson and Edda Fransdottir soprano soloists
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"Vida Profunda" is a profound work of art, one that celebrates poetry, music, and the singing voice in equal measure. In the midst of these seemingly endless dark days, this music proposes, like the Spring season outside our windows, that we often must have hope in the face of depression. A supreme triumph for Carolina Calvache, a program that should be heard on concert stages around the world!
For more information, go to www.carolinacalvache.com. To purchase the album, which will be released on 5/29/2020, go to carolinacalvache.bandcamp.com/album/vida-profunda.
Here's the track with Ruben Blades:
Carolina Calvache - piano, composer, and arranger
Jonathan Blake and Keita Ogawa - drums;
Petros Klampanis , Ricky Rodriguez and Peter Slavov - bassists ;
Tomoko Omura , Leonor Falcon , Ben Russell , Annaliesa Place , and Adda Kridler - violinists ;
Allysin Clare and Jocelin Pan - violists ;
Brian Sanders and Diego Garcia - cellists;
Hadar Noiberg - flute ;
Katie Scheele - oboe;
Achilles Liarmakopoulous - trombone;
Paul Won Jin Cho - bass clarinet;
Samuel Torres - bongo and djembe
special guests: harmonica player Grégoire Maret and trumpeter Michael Rodriguez.
Vocalists (in order of appearance):
Marta Gomez, Sofia Ribiero, Ruben Blades, Claudia Acuña, Sara Serpa, Aubrey Johnson, Haydee Milanese, Lara Bello, and Luba Mason.