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Omar Sosa & Paolo Fresu: Eros

Nearly a quarter century has passed since Cuban pianist Omar Sosa emigrated to the States, launching a brilliant, internationally acclaimed recording career that shows not the faintest sign of waning. In fact, Eros, which reteams the keyboardist with Italian trumpeter Paolo Fresu, may well rank among his most rewarding collaborations, partly because it’s so warmly enhanced by the presence of vocalist Natacha Atlas, cellist Jaques Morelenbaum and the Italian string ensemble Quartetto Alborada.

Sosa and Fresu may be the core duo, but in name only. Multi-instrumentalists, they bring an expansive palette of colors to the arrangements, plus a spacious sense of atmosphere-by turns romantic, soulful and spiritual. Sosa deploys acoustic and electric keyboards, synthesizers, sampling, percussion and vocals, while Fresu, often revealing his close artistic kinship with fusion-era Miles Davis, artfully doubles on trumpet and flugelhorn. Here and there, he also adds percussion to the session’s textured backdrops.

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