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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 Sextet: Boss Level

A free-flowing sense of adventure permeates this album, recorded a few days after the sextet concluded a stint at Birdland. It’s obvious that the musicians-including pianist Arturo O’Farrill and his sons Adam (trumpet) and Zack (drums), along with tenor saxophonist Livio Almeida, guitarist Travis Reuter and bassist Shawn Conley-were loose, primed and ready when they … Read More “Arturo O’Farrill Sextet: Boss Level”

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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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