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The O’Farrill Brothers Band: Sensing Flight

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Sibling-led jazz bands aren’t particularly rare. The Latin-jazz side of the street alone has recently brought the likes of impressive groups led by brothers with the surnames Rodriguez and Curtis. Now comes the O’Farrill Brothers Band, with trumpeter Adam, 18, and drummer Zack, 21, third-generation jazzers whose accomplished second album makes their first CD, 2011’s Giant Peach, sound like a starter kit by comparison. The sons of pianist, composer and bandleader Arturo O’Farrill (the recording’s producer) and grandsons of bandleader Chico, Adam and Zack offer invigorating playing throughout a program dominated by the trumpeter’s compositions.

The sextet, with returning bandmate Livio Almeida (tenor sax) joining Adam on the frontline, takes on Carla Bley’s tricky, starting-stopping “Wrong Key Donkey,” featuring Almeida’s incisive playing with plenty of open space for Zack’s long rolls and pointed tumbles on trap kit. Adam goes unaccompanied at the start of Billy Strayhorn’s “Upper Manhattan Medical Group,” demonstrating his winning way with a familiar melody and his knack for supplying an improvisation endowed with body, shape and energy. And Almeida’s “Action and Reaction” opens with a long tete-a-tete between the co-leaders.

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