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Omar Sosa & NDR Bigband: Es:sensual (Otá)

Es:sensual is not the Cuban-born pianist-composer Omar Sosa’s first meetup with Germany’s NDR Bigband or the Brazilian multi-tasker Jaques Morelenbaum. In 2010, the same three forces came together for Ceremony, which JazzTimes called in its review “an inventive and rewarding project [that] extends the tradition of Afro-Cuban big bands as established by such pioneers as … Read More “Omar Sosa & NDR Bigband: Es:sensual (Otá)”

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Omar Sosa & Seckou Keith: Transparent Water (Otá)

A little motif can do and become anything in the hands of Cuban keyboardist Omar Sosa, especially when he’s abetted by Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita and an international cast of kindred spirits. While there’s ample recorded evidence of Sosa’s gifts for composing and collaborating with distinction, the music on Transparent Water projects special charms—sublime, … Read More “Omar Sosa & Seckou Keith: Transparent Water (Otá)”

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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 … Read More “Omar Sosa & Paolo Fresu: Eros”

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Omar Sosa: Eggũn: The Afri-Lectric Experience

Originally a commission from the Barcelona Jazz Festival in 2009, Eggũn: The Afri-Lectric Experience is Cuban pianist, composer and arranger Omar Sosa’s take on Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue on the 50th anniversary of that landmark recording. The Davis album occupies such a place in the imagination of jazz audiences that the assignment, while ripe … Read More “Omar Sosa: Eggũn: The Afri-Lectric Experience”

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Omar Sosa: Ceremony

The Cuban pianist-composer realizes a personal dream in this collaboration with his quartet and Germany’s 18-piece NDR Big Band. Sosa’s moving compositions organically blend Afro-Cuban sensibilities with jazz while Jaques Morelenbaum’s intricate arrangements augment the material (previously recorded on Sosa’s 1999 outing Spirit of the Roots) with elegance and lavishness. Alto saxophonist Peter Bolte distinguishes … Read More “Omar Sosa: Ceremony”

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