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Sardinian trumpeter Paolo Fresu and Cuban pianist Omar Sosa imbue Alma’s chamber jazz with a sense of warmth. Fresu consistently breathes nuance into his lines; at times, he uses a mute and electronics to expand his timbral palette. Sosa mostly works in low-key mode, displaying precision and grace throughout. Brazilian composer and arranger Jaques Morelenbaum plays cello on four tracks, including “S’Inguldu,” which comes off like mellowed-out mid-’70s Weather Report. The melancholic “Inverno Grigio” displays Fresu’s lyricism in a setting fleshed out by atmospheric electronics. With its rippling percussion and darting piano, Sosa’s “Angustia” stands out as one of the album’s more charged pieces. Percussion also plays a big role on “Moon on the Sky,” which is marked by the occasional edgy phrase. “Medley Part I: Niños” has an eerie sci-fi vibe redolent of Jon Hassell, while “Medley Part II: Nenia” is a spacious dream. The longest cut here is a version of Paul Simon’s “Under African Skies,” where whistling, handclaps, and wordless vocals keep things perky.

Customer Reviews

Sublime

Superb album by Mssrs Soaa and Fresu. A must by for any lover of jazz.

sosa

this is one my favorite jazz albums if not #1. I have bought it for more people than I can remember

Biography

Born: April 10, 1965 in Camagüey, Cuba

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Multi-instrumentalist Omar Sosa was born on April 10, 1965, in Camaguey, Cuba. At the age of five, Sosa began studying music at the Escuela Provincial de Musica in Camaguey, which led to his intense study of drums and percussion at two other schools during the late '70s/early '80s: Cuba's Escuela Nacional de Musica and Instituto Superior de Arte. Sosa then began to teach percussion to children before he created the group Tributo in 1986, for which Sosa penned and oversaw the material for two of their...
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