Omar Sosa: Live a FIP (2006)
The pianist covers several pieces from his well-received Mulatos (Ota Records, 2004): "Nuevo Mantos, "Dos Caminos, "Iyawo, and "El Consenso. These songs ground the recording. The opener, "Nuevo Mantos, illustrates Sosa's ability to successfully build a piece from solo piano into a taut framework which is perfect for his quintet's solo musings. Saxophonist Luis Depestre spins a delicate web with his sinewy soprano playing and percussionist Miguel Diaz adds the capsaicin to the mix. The new original "African Sunrise uses voice and various types of percussion in its introduction. Sosa's piano is plaintive against the nervous backdrop.
Sosa ends the disc with his typical closer, "Muevete En D, a shimmering piano piece that reveals the leader's encyclopedic knowledge of jazz music. In many ways this is the least typical of Sosa's compositions, but it is completely accessible and a superb survey of his enormous talent.
Track Listing: Nuevo Manto; Metisse; African Sunrise; Dos Caminos; Iyawo; Paralelo; Muevete En D.
Personnel: Omar Sosa: keyboards, voice; Miguel Diaz: percussion; Steve Arguelles: drums, electronics; Childo Tomas: bass, voice; Luis Depestre: saxophones, percussion.
Record Label: Ota Records