Flautist Andrea Brachfeld has always professed an affinity for jazz and, though her background clearly demonstrates varied musical tastes, she has always been a hard bop musician at the core. Lady of the Island is the realization of a dream where the music selected reflects the jazz styles that tugs at her heart the most. Begun many years ago, this album is a triumph over personal and professional challenges, a session of tasteful, swinging and unquestionably entertaining melodies.The flautist performs with a core quartet augmented by special guests including piano great Bill O'Connell and trombonist Wycliffe Gordon (one ...read more
Meet Andrea Brachfeld: Flutist, composer, arranger, producer, educator, business owner, Andrea Brachfeld, is a graduate of The High School of Music and Art and the Manhattan School of Music. Study with Hubert Laws, Jimmy Heath, George Coleman and Mike Longo helped her develop her own improvisational style.Her breakthrough performance as the flutist for the popular Latin band Charanga '76 catapulted her into Salsa history and fame as the first female flutist to play this music in the United States. She is the recipient of the Chico O'Farrill Lifetime Achievement Award from Latin Jazz USA, the Women ...read more
Andrea Brachfeld's association with Charanga '76, Wayne Wallace, Tipica Ideal, Tito Puente and many others helped to establish her as the first flute lady of Latin jazz, but that designation, while flattering, is limiting. Lady Of The Island posits that she's actually been a closeted straight ahead player all along. For her fifth leader date, and first on the Zoho label, Brachfeld unleashes brazen chops and beauty with heart and flute aflutter. Brachfeld brings her own written work to the table, along with the music of influences and favorites like piano giant Herbie Hancock and compositional king ...read more
A visit to a New York afterhours dive during the heyday of salsa in the mid 1970s would most likely afford the chance to see charanga groups such as Típica Novel, Orquesta Broadway or Charanga 76, furiously competing against each other-- with flutist Andrea Brachfeld holding her own among a bunch of hardcore characters, musical and otherwise, who were adding their own distinctive chapters to the history of this Cuban music. It's a style that owes much to its New York developments, of which Brachfeld is a distinguished part.
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