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Francisco Mela

Francisco Mela is a favorite amongst jazz's elite instrumentalists, among them, Joe Lovano, John Scofield, JoAnne Brackeen, Kenny Barron, Gary Bartz, Bobby Watson and McCoy Tyner, all of whom cite his charisma, sophistication, and life-affirming spirit as an extension of his incredible talents as a composer and drummer. Francisco Mela was born in 1968 in Bayamo, Cuba. He moved to Boston in 2000 to pursue a degree at the acclaimed Berklee College of Music and, quickly thereafter, the faculty recognized that Mela had much to offer students and promptly hired him to teach at the school. Mela rapidly made a name for himself on the Boston scene, becoming the house drummer at the legendary Wally’s Café Jazz Club


Music Frees Our Souls Vol. 2

Label: 577 Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Musical Literacy; Mental Scenario.


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Celebrating Citizen Wayne Shorter And New Releases

Read "Celebrating Citizen Wayne Shorter And New Releases" reviewed by Bob Osborne

There are all new releases on this show, with a great compilation of Wayne Shorter's music from the Posi-Tone label. In addition there are new albums from Francisco Mela & Jonathan Reisin, Ivo Perelman & Nate Wooley, Todd Mosby, Hutchinson Andrew Trio, Itamar Borochov, Elina Duni with Rob Luft plus Matthieu Michel & Fred Thomas, Matt ...


Article: Live Review

Brad Mehldau Live at The Falcon

Read "Brad Mehldau Live at The Falcon" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Brad Mehldau The Falcon Marlboro, NY August 28, 2023 Twenty four hours after a raucous, spirit raising performance by South African pianist Nduduzo Makhathini and his trio mates, drummer Francisco Mela and bassist Zwelakhe-Duma Bell le Pere the evening began quietly like a haiku. Brad Mehldau thanked his Hudson Valley neighbors, ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

An Eclectic Mix Of New Music With Pablo Masis, Brian Blade & More

Read "An Eclectic Mix Of New Music With Pablo Masis, Brian Blade & More" reviewed by Bob Osborne

On this showwe present an eclectic mix of new music from Tristan De Liège X Jambal, Lifecycles, Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band, Triio, Bobby Kapp and Richard Sussman, Miguel Zenon & Luis Perdomo, Kenneth Jimenez with Michaël Attias & Francisco Mela, Hsinwei Chiang, Christer Fredriksen, Pablo Masis, Marcus Klossek, Aline Homzy, Mike Jones, and Kris ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Fay Victor, Tyshawn Sorey, Matthew Shipp & Jaimie Branch

Read "Fay Victor, Tyshawn Sorey, Matthew Shipp & Jaimie Branch" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Vocalist Fay Victor's new solo album, Blackity Black Black Is Beautiful, is one of the featured new recordings in this episode of One Man's Jazz. She plays everything on the album. The much-respected drummer Tyshawn Sorey continues to explore the traditional piano trio with the release of Continuing, while Matthew Shipp takes the solo route for ...


Article: Album Review

Stephen Gauci / Francisco Mela / William Parker / Matthew Shipp: Live at Scholes Street Studio

Read "Live at Scholes Street Studio" reviewed by John Sharpe

Tenor saxophonist Stephen Gauci provokes blistering unfettered performances from the starry cast on another installment of Live At Scholes Street Studio. Gauci embodies a fierce DIY ethos which manifests in producing multiple concert series in NYC as well as releasing consequent material on his own label and posting video documentation on his website. On this occasion, ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Lina Allemano Four, Matthew Shipp Trio & Maneri/Leandre/Taborn

Read "Lina Allemano Four, Matthew Shipp Trio & Maneri/Leandre/Taborn" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

What's new? Lots of recent releases to dig into--from Toronto trumpeter Lina Allemano, Daniel Carter / William Parker / Leo Genovese / Francisco Mela for the first time, Matthew Shipp's re-release of em>Circular Temple, the trio of Mat Maneri, Joelle Leandre & Craig Taborn, Argentinean duo of bassist Nicolas Ojeda and pianist German Lema, Swedish quartet ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases From Royston, Lema & Ojeda, Courvoisier & Smythe, And More

Read "New Releases From Royston, Lema & Ojeda, Courvoisier & Smythe, And More" reviewed by Bob Osborne

Listen for new releases from Rudy Royston, Germán Lema & Nicolás Ojeda, Sylvie Courvoisier & Cory Smythe, Jacob Young Mats Eilertsen & Audun Kleive, Brian McCarthy, Blue Moods, Roxy Coss, Dave Moss, Michael O'Neill Quintet, Cazayoux, Cut Beetlez Quartet with Rodney Chapman, Daniel Carter with Leo Genovese William Parker & Francisco Mela, and, Sébastien Parent.


Article: Album Review

Francisco Mela: Music Frees Our Souls Vol. 2

Read "Music Frees Our Souls Vol. 2" reviewed by John Sharpe

The three protagonists gaze out from the cover, variously smiling, appearing wryly amused, and looking stern. The image suggests a will to tackle things head on, without artifice or adornment. To tell it like it is. And that is the result: a thrilling no-nonsense representation of the combined artistry of drummer Francisco Mela, pianist Cooper-Moore and ...


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