by William Grim
This is a pleasant but unchallenging album by a quintet co-led by two mainstays of the Lincoln Center's Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra: pianist and composer Arturo O'Farrill (son of the great composer/arranger Chico O'Farrill) and trumpeter Jim Seeley.
The music is, as one would expect, mostly Latin-based or straight-ahead. But given the pedigrees and previous accomplishments of both leaders much more was expected. One comes away from listening to this album with the feeling that one has heard it ...read more
by John Kelman
Trumpeter Jim Seeley may hail from Kansas, but he's clearly got Latin in his soul, having recorded with artists including the Mambo All-Star Orchestra, Luis Bonilla and, most significantly, Chico O'Farrill. Teaming with O'Farrill's son Arturo, a pianist who has acted as musical director for his father's Afro Cuban big band both pre- and posthumously, Seeley demonstrates a cosmopolitan approach to jazz on The Jim Seeley/Arturo O'Farrill Quintet , Seeley's first recording as a leader and O'Farrill's fourth. Afro Cuban ...read more