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Album Review

Serious tunes, serious players, serious music. Francisco Mela's debut as a bandleader is a serious asset to the modern jazz community. A veteran of the Havana scene gone East Coaster, living in Boston and New York and teaching at the revered Berklee School of Music, Mela has a treasure chest of musical experiences to draw from. That fact is clear upon first listen to his disc, Melao. The vocal passages, like rumberos of old reaching through time, are the most authentic to appear on a jazz record, rich and haunting. Simultaneously, modern jazz odd time signatures never felt so natural or so raw. Compositions that would sound hectic or cluttered in the hands of another player are warm, living, and vibrant in Mela's and his band of innovators and veterans. A mix of genre heros and young lions include jazz greats Joe Lovano and George Garzone alongside next generation players Leo Genovese, Peter Slavov, and Nir Felder, to name a few. Along the lines of Jack DeJohnette's Oneness, the timbre of the record is all organic and dark, featuring both ultra-raw acoustic performances and electronic atmospheric noise. For a record with such heavy musicians, there is no over-playing. Each composition reaches perfect balance. Though probably not a project that will find wide-range appeal, Melao is a bold statement from an artist with a truly unique, appealing voice. ~ Evan C. Gutierrez, Rovi


Born: 1968 in Bayamo, Cuba

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Cuban-born jazz drummer Francisco Mela is an in-demand performer and session musician who combines his knowledge of Cuban musical traditions with jazz and contemporary styles. Born in Bayamo, Cuba in 1968, Mela grew up studying the piano and drums and eventually enrolled at the Berklee College of Music in Boston in 2000. Mela's deep expertise in Cuban music and advanced jazz technique soon caught the attention of the school and he quickly moved from student to teacher. In 2001, Mela toured as a member...
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Melao, Francisco Mela
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  • 9,90 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: 04 April 2006

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