by Javier AQ Ortiz
The Orisha Suite is inspired by some of the Afro-Cuban deities--or orishas--from Lucumí religious lore, with the exception of the soulful, funky, danceable and exquisite opening cut, which is dedicated to--and inspired by--the daughter of the date's leader. As such, nonetheless, the recording is a sonic interpretation of some of the theological tenets associated with this particular religious phenomenon so richly endowed with musical potential.
Michael Phillip Mossman has had the opportunity to learn from seminal musical practitioners ...read more
by Jack Bowers
Although this is trumpeter Michael Philip Mossman’s second release as leader on the Swiss TCB label, I’d previously heard him only in the confines of big–band recordings, and this was the first chance to listen to him “stretch” with his own smaller group. Stretch he can, and stretch he does in a buoyant and colorful session that, while not billed as “Latin Jazz,” could well be, as all compositions (except for the standard “All the Things You Are”) and arrangements ...read more