“For me, it was important to be very aware of wanting to blend Afro-Caribbean musical forms – not just rhythms – with the Miles songs I was arranging for the recording,” he explains. “That’s why when I was arranging ‘Solar,’ for instance, I arranged it into the form of a salsa with a mambo section. Then I used some of the original melodic material in the composition in all the different parts of the salsa structure. Different elements will come back in and reoccur within the salsa arrangement – serving as a reminder of some of the original themes in Miles’ "Solar." These themes also fulfill the functions you have in a salsa music arrangement, so hopefully it all works in an interesting way to showcase Miles’ music in a Latin setting.”
For Lynch, The Latin Side of Miles Davis project represents both a challenge and an opportunity. The challenge lies in bringing the project to life without significant record label backing – and the opportunity is the chance to create vital, memorable music.
“In a way, it’s a little audacious for us to get out and do this without a major record company behind us,” he says. “But we have a brilliant group of musicians and it’s great to be doing this with Conrad as a co-leader. I’m hoping there are some people out there who want to hear what we have to say musically. I’m predicting that when we get this music out on the road for this upcoming tour, we’re going to hear some really interesting musical developments. By the time we get to Columbia, we’re going to be really warm!”
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