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Album Review

Arturo O'Farrill continues in the tradition of his late father, Chico O'Farrill, with this exciting Afro-Latin big band session. Juan Tizol's "Caravan," a staple of Duke Ellington's repertoire and a favorite of jazz musicians, is transformed with Papo Vazquez's infectious chart, adding a dark piano vamp and prominent conga, with a sizzling improvised centerpiece featuring tenorist Ivan Renta, trumpeter Michael Rodriguez, and trombonist Renaldo Jorge. The bandleader contributed "Such Love," dedicated to the late saxophonist Sam Furnace, a mainstay in Chico's band who gave his all (in spite of pain from a terminal illness) in his final appearance with the band. The dramatic introduction sets up a cooking Afro-Cuban vehicle powered by Jimmy Delgado's timbales, adding Luis Bonilla's blistering trombone and Jim Seeley's scorching trumpet. Arturo returns to his father's compositions, including a brief but infectious "Cuban Blues" (using the original chart) and his own heartfelt setting of the warm ballad "The Journey." The apple doesn't fall far from the tree, as Chico O'Farrill would be very pleased with this outstanding date by his talented son Arturo.


Genre: Jazz

A veteran figure of the Afro-Cuban jazz movement, Arturo O'Farrill was born in Cuba and grew up in New York City. The son of big-band leader Chico O'Farrill, Arturo was educated at the Manhattan School of Music and the Brooklyn College Conservatory. From 1979-1983, he played piano with the Carla Bley Big Band. O'Farrill then went on to develop his skills as a solo performer with a wide spectrum of artists, including Wynton Marsalis, Dizzy Gillespie, Steve Turre, Papo Vazquez, the Fort Apache Band,...
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