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Omar Sosa: Es:sensual

Read "Es:sensual" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Cuban-born pianist Omar Sosa's music, be it presented in solo performances or conjured by a small-or medium-sized group, has always drawn on confidential mysticism. But that's not to say that his work doesn't lend itself to large-scale interpretation. With Ceremony (Otá Records, 2010) Sosa came out of the candlelit realms and shadows, bringing his music into ...

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Omar Sosa & Seckou Keita: Transparent Water

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Omar Sosa would make an excellent global ambassador. He seems to make friends and erase boundary lines wherever he goes. Back in 2012, the Cuban pianist connected with Senegalese kora guru Seckou Keita through a mutual musical associate--drummer Marque Gilmore. Sosa and Keita struck up a quick friendship at that initial meeting, ultimately leading to the ...

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Paolo Fresu & Omar Sosa featuring Natacha Atlas & Jaques Morelenbaum: Eros

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While the connection between Cuban pianist Omar Sosa and Italian trumpeter Paolo Fresu was established back in 2006, their partnership truly blossomed with Alma (Ota Music, 2012), a beauty of an album with a soft sell approach. That record--quite possibly the most moving item in either man's discography--prioritized heart over all else, and this follow-up date ...

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Joo Kraus/Omar Sosa/Gustavo Ovalles: JOG

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You have to hand it to pianist Omar Sosa. With the exception of some return trips to the solo piano format, he never really repeats himself. Over the past two decades, Sosa has worked alone, gone the duo route with Italian trumpeter Paolo Fresu, shared billing/leadership duties with flutist Mark Weinstein, worked with Germany's NDR Bigband, ...

Omar Sosa Quarteto AfroCubano: ilé

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"The word ilé, from the Lucumí tradition of Cuba, means home, earth." That single sentence, which gets the ball rolling for Omar Sosa's self-penned liner notes, says all that needs to be said about this return-to-roots project. Or does it?

Ilé finds Sosa looking back to Camagüey, Cuba. He populates this album with ...

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Omar Sosa: Senses

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Pianist Omar Sosa seems to have a split personality: He's the extroverted dazzler who exudes vivacity and leads the charge, but he's also the introverted-and-contemplative pianist who muses and meditates with fingers on keys. Much of his work allows for both aspects of his artistry to shine; Senses does not. This one is all about the ...

Paolo Fresu Devil Quartet: Desertico

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Italian trumpeter Paolo Fresu has always been more angel than devil, though he's fronted quartets that name check both of those respectively heavenly and hellish entities. His horn work is coolly lyrical and spellbinding, regardless of the setting it's found in, but Fresu also has an impish side to his personality that takes over at certain ...

Paolo Fresu Devil Quartet: Desertico

Read "Desertico" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Il Devil Quartet offre a Paolo Fresu una dimensione di piena libertà espressiva, nella quale riesce a dare ampio spazio alla sua diversità di linguaggio, dialogando meno con il silenzio e mettendo più note sullo spartito. È per lui un luogo dove poter incontrare degli ottimi compagni di ventura, con i quali intraprendere itinerari capaci di far scoprire ...

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Omar Sosa Afri-Lectric Experience: Eggūn

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Eggun è un lavoro decisamente interessante ideato nel 2009, quando la produzione del Barcelona Jazz Festival - nella persona di Joan Cararach - aveva commissionato a Omar Sosa un tributo al capolavoro di Miles Davis Kind of Blue, in occasione del cinquantesimo anniversario della pubblicazione. Il pianista cubano ha pensato di mettere insieme una suite improntata sullo ...

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Omar Sosa: Eggun

Read "Eggun" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

A tribute to trumpet legend Miles Davis' Kind Of Blue (Columbia, 1959), without a single song from the record? The answer: an emphatic “Yes!" In 2009, piano wizard Omar Sosa received a commission from the Barcelona Jazz Festival to “compose and produce a tribute performance to Miles Davis' classic recording, Kind Of Blue, on the occasion ...