ARTURO O'FARRILL

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ARTURO O’FARRILL, pianist, composer, educator, and founder and Artistic Director of the nonprofit Afro Latin Jazz Alliance, was born in Mexico and grew up in New York City. In 2002, Mr. O’Farrill created the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra (ALJO) for Jazz at Lincoln Center due in part to a large and very demanding body of substantial music in the genre of Latin and Afro Cuban Jazz that deserves to be much more widely appreciated and experienced by the general jazz audience. His debut album with the Orchestra, Una Noche Inolvidable, earned a GRAMMY Award nomination in 2006 and the Orchestra’s second album, Song for Chico, earned a GRAMMY Award for Best Latin Jazz Album in 2009. In February 2011, Mr. O’Farrill and the ALJO released their third and newest album, 40 Acres and a Burro, which was nominated for a GRAMMY Award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble read more...
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ARTURO O'FARRILL Blood Lines album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Blood Lines
Afro-Cuban Jazz 1999
ARTURO O'FARRILL A Night In Tunisia album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Night In Tunisia
Afro-Cuban Jazz 2000
ARTURO O'FARRILL Wonderful Discovery album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Wonderful Discovery
Latin Jazz 2007
ARTURO O'FARRILL In These Shoes album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In These Shoes
Afro-Cuban Jazz 2008
ARTURO O'FARRILL Song For Chico album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Song For Chico
Afro-Cuban Jazz 2008
ARTURO O'FARRILL Risa Negra album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Risa Negra
Afro-Cuban Jazz 2009
ARTURO O'FARRILL 40 Acres And A Burro album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
40 Acres And A Burro
Afro-Cuban Jazz 2011
ARTURO O'FARRILL Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra : The Offense Of The Drum album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra : The Offense Of The Drum
Latin Jazz 2014
ARTURO O'FARRILL Arturo O'Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra : Cuba - The Conversation Continues album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Arturo O'Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra : Cuba - The Conversation Continues
Afro-Cuban Jazz 2015
ARTURO O'FARRILL Boss Level album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Boss Level
Latin Jazz 2016
ARTURO O'FARRILL Familia : Tribute to Bebo & Chico album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Familia : Tribute to Bebo & Chico
Afro-Cuban Jazz 2017
ARTURO O'FARRILL Fandango at the Wall: A Soundtrack for the U.S., Mexico, and Beyond album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Fandango at the Wall: A Soundtrack for the U.S., Mexico, and Beyond
Jazz Related Soundtracks 2018
ARTURO O'FARRILL Four Questions album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Four Questions
Progressive Big Band 2020
ARTURO O'FARRILL Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra : Virtual Birdland album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra : Virtual Birdland
Latin Jazz 2021
ARTURO O'FARRILL ...dreaming in lions... album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
...dreaming in lions...
Latin Jazz 2021

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ARTURO O'FARRILL Una Noche Inolvidable (An Unforgettable Night) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Una Noche Inolvidable (An Unforgettable Night)
Afro-Cuban Jazz 2005
ARTURO O'FARRILL Live In Brooklyn album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live In Brooklyn
Afro-Cuban Jazz 2005
ARTURO O'FARRILL The Noguchi Sessions album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Noguchi Sessions
Afro-Cuban Jazz 2012
ARTURO O'FARRILL Final Night at Birdland album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Final Night at Birdland
Afro-Cuban Jazz 2013

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ARTURO O'FARRILL 40 Acres And A Burro

Album · 2011 · Afro-Cuban Jazz
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Matt
Fairly recent release from Arturo O'Farrill and The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra which Arturo got underway back in 2002, this being their third album, "40 Acres and a Burro". Arturo is the son of Chico O'Farrill the famous Cuban Jazz composer, arranger, band leader as well trumpet player and Arturo who is a pianist himself has pretty much taken the reins with his fathers music and applied his own touch as he did take over his fathers band after his death in 2001. Big Band is what the sound on this album contains mixed with a wonderful, Afro Cuban and Latin Jazz take on a few well known compositions plus Arturo adds three of his own splendid compositions. Nineteen band members in the Orchestra with eleven guests as well included in the album. Bobby Porcelli is playing lead alto saxophone, Paquito D'Rivera is on clarinet and appears on two tracks, Heather Martin Bixler makes an appearance on violin and having such a large band Gabriel Alegria was conducting as well. The best way to state Arturo O'Farrill's take with his music is to use his own words from the album's notes being (quote: "This recording is a testament to our musical philosophy. We believe jazz and Latin are not separate, but rather an inextricable part of each other. Latin is not three concerts out of a season, or a chapter in the book. The same elements that define jazz are all found in our music") and I have to agree as there is plenty of wonderful Jazz contained with the majority underpinned by Afro Cuban rythmns throughout every composition included in the album. One other quick note is Arturo O'Farrill is a wonderful ambassador for his music with much being non profit and he even gets down to the public high schools to spread his wonderful talent to all.

The first up is "Rumba Urbana" written by Oscar Hernandez being the pianist from Ruben Blades band containing some great swing and one terrific solo from Bobby Porcelli on alto with the addition of trombone, trumpet and piano from Arturo this would be one of the more up-tempo numbers on the album. "A Wise Latina" written by Arturo is for the confirmation of the first Hispanic U.S. Supreme Court Judge, Sonia Sotomayor and quite a loopy intro is provided between by the bands brass. "El Sur is by Gabriel Alegria the conductor but he usually fronts his own band the Afro Peruvian Sextet with naturally a Peruvian approch to the rythmn and style with the traditional percussion of cajon, cajita and quijada by Freddy "Huevito" Lobaton added who is a founding member with Gabriel in the Sextet. Lovely number that just seems to have a beautiful laid back arrangement and some wonderful solos but you have to go for the cajon from Freddy as one does not hear it to often with its wonderful light hand drum percussion sound. The next track would be one of the last you would expect to hear on a Latin album being "She Moved Through The Fair" the traditional Irish song and this is where you hear Heather Bixler with some beautiful violin over this old folk tune which does get a slight build up throughout but stays true to the song. Throughout there is always a mix with two Brazilian compostions added being Hermeto Pascoal's, "Bebe" and the other "Um a Zero" by Pixinguinha both played beautifully. "Bebe" is where Paquito D'Rivera makes his second appearance and the composition being one from Hermeto moves along superbly and the clarinet is everywhere from Paquita with the band almost having a call and response take to the the structure with the clarinet. The next one is given great treatment and I myself have never tired of hearing Dizzy's "A Night In Tunisia" with John Walsh on trumpet putting that theme down almost as good as Diz but I may be a little biased with that comment but it a wonderful arranged version with plenty of the neccesary swing and bounce that the tune contains. The title is last being "40 Acres and A Burro" which is in four parts composed by Arturo and the title concerns the stereotypes that certain cultures gain with this one squarely at his own Latin origins.Naturally the burro comes first but the take with the Mariachi does really put the feel down with those dragging trumpets of pure Mexico albeit with a Jazz touch. One could almost claim a little Avante in the touch and the only vocal's used in the album are present but they are only a coro of "La injustica sa acabo'" meaning the injustice is over but Arturo states himself that he doubts this has or will occur but one thing the tune finishes with a great drive and rthymn with Arturo giving a little beauty on piano for a solo.

Great album and not for just Latinos either, there is plenty of great Jazz contained within and the added bonus of a Latin and Afro Cuban influence only makes things better. If you are after some hard hitting Salsa Dura this does not have it but more leaning towards a slight Bop approach at times esp. during the occasional solo which gives the album a great diverse texture as well as the addition of all manners of music styles chosen for the tracks. Playing for the third time in a row as I write which is not an issue for me as there is something new with each listen. Great Jazz.

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