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Chico O'Farrill

For over half a century, he was one of a pantheon of innovators who fused the soul-wrenching rhythms of African Cuba with the sweet harmonies of American jazz. Longtime admirers of the Latin jazz genre know O’Farrill as a master of sweeping, symphonic compositions that embraced his love of Debussy, Stravinsky, and the mambo; and as a bandleader who keeps alive the roar of a full dance band, as conductor of the Chico O’Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Big Band, which played New York’s Birdland every Sunday night. For much of his career he worked quietly in the background, crafting music that became a showcase for others: "Undercurrent Blues" for Benny Goodman; “Afro-Cuban Jazz Suite” for Charlie Parker and the Machito orchestra; “Trumpet Fantasy,” premiered at Lincoln Center in 1996 with soloist Wynton Marsalis; and more than 80 arrangements for Count Basie. His life began in Havana in 1921, where O’Farrill was born into a genteel Irish-German-Cuban family

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Adam O'Farrill: El Maquech

Read "El Maquech" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

A due anni di distanza da Stranger Days, suo prodigioso debutto da leader con la Sunnyside, il 24enne Adam O'Farrill cambia l'etichetta ma non l'organico, confermando il quartetto col fratello Zack alla batteria, il sassofonista Chad Lewkowitz-Brown e il bassista Walter Stinson. Nipote del leggendario bandleader cubano Chico O'Farrill e figlio del pianista Arturo, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Thomas Marriott: Romance Language

Read "Romance Language" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Trumpeter Thomas Marriott moved back to Seattle after the requisite New York stint, where he worked with Maynard Ferguson's Big Bop Nouveau band, the Chico O'Farrill Orchestra, and vibraphonist Joe Locke. Back on west coast home ground, he connected with the Seattle-based Origin Records, where he released ten top-notch albums as a leader, including Individuation (2005), ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Bailey’s Bundle – Seven Women (Plus Three) 2018 – Part IX

Read "Bailey’s Bundle – Seven Women (Plus Three) 2018 – Part IX" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Yilian Cañizares and Omar Sosa Aguas Ota Records 2018 Pianist/composer Omar Sosa has established himself as a pioneer at the edge of Cubano-Caribbean music. Sosa teams with violinist/vocalist Yilian Cañizares for a breezy and sensual stroll through 11 original, for lack of a better term, world music compositions that are as ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

Chico O'Farrill: Latin Modernist

Chico O'Farrill: Latin Modernist

Looking back, 1951 and '52 were groundbreaking years for jazz. Bebop was still lingering, cool jazz had already begun in '49, the R&B-influenced hard bop was just emerging and so was the relaxed sound of West Coast jazz. But these years also were important for Latin jazz and the dominant role played by Chico O'Farrill in ...

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Drummer/Composer Juan Carlos Polo CD Release Concert at Smoke Jazz Club on February 1

Drummer/Composer Juan Carlos Polo CD Release Concert at  Smoke Jazz Club on February 1

Official CD release concert will be held on February 1st at Smoke Jazz Club Insomnio was recorded and produced in NYC with New York-based musicians under the record label One Trick Dog Records. Drummer and composer Juan Carlos Polo will present his debut album Insomnio on February 1st at the world-renowned Smoke Jazz Club. With Insomnio, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Stephan Crump: Stephan Crump's Rhombal

Read "Stephan Crump's Rhombal" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Often times, a jazz performance without a chordal instrument, a guitar or piano, is considered to be flying without a net. Exciting, but often without aim. It routinely relies on just one powerful figure to command the proceedings. That is, unless the ensemble is configured under egalitarian principles. Equal contribution and respect for the differing voices ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Stranger Days: Stranger Days

Read "Stranger Days" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Trumpeter Adam O'Farrill is still very young, but that is not keeping him from making waves with his debut album Stranger Days and band of the same name, comprised of O'Farrill, tenor saxophonist Chad Lefkowitz- Brown, bassist Walter Stinson and his older brother, drummer Zack O'Farrill. Of course, it does not hurt to have ...

Jazz From Around The World: Latin America and the Caribbean

Read "Jazz From Around The World: Latin America and the Caribbean" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

The focus of the second installment of Jazz from Around the World is Latin America and the Caribbean. Because of both proximity to the US and the shared African heritage, particularly in the Caribbean, jazz was seamlessly and naturally adopted in this part of the world. Of course Latin jazz with its many guises is a ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Bird Calls at The Wexner Center for The Arts

Read "Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Bird Calls at The Wexner Center for The Arts" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa brought his quintet to the Wexner Center at The Ohio State University February 27, 2016, to play his book of original compositions precipitated by the music of Charlie Parker. The audience to this sold out show was left with the proverbial question: which came first, the chicken or the egg?


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