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Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra: Fandango at the Wall (Resilience Music Alliance)

Even by the standards set by pianist, composer, bandleader, and social activist Arturo O’Farrill, Fandango at the Wall, a double-CD with the 18-piece Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, qualifies as personal. A New York City resident, the 58-year-old O’Farrill was born in Mexico City, and he’s been openly critical of President Trump’s attempts to build a … Read More “Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra: Fandango at the Wall (Resilience Music Alliance)”

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Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra: Cuba: The Conversation Continues

Talk about timing. Pianist, composer and bandleader Arturo O’Farrill was in Havana with his orchestra this past December, preparing to record this glorious two-CD continuation of jazz’s dialogue with Cuba, when President Obama announced plans to normalize diplomatic relations with the island nation. O’Farrill assembled a binational cast of composers to contribute to the project. … Read More “Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra: Cuba: The Conversation Continues”

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Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra: 40 Acres and a Burro

Since ending its affiliation with Jazz at Lincoln Center in 2002, Arturo O’Farrill’s Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra has grown more adventurous, its leader travelling well beyond his Afro-Cuban roots. The musical exploration continues on 40 Acres and a Burro, which has the big-band digging deeper into the textures and rhythms of South America and the … Read More “Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra: 40 Acres and a Burro”

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