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Chico O'Farrill

Cuban Blues: The Chico O'Farrill Sessions
CD (Verve/Poly. 533256), Re-Issued 1996
Description:
A special two CD package featuring 45 tracks which covers the complete output of Chico O'Farrill's recordings with the Verve label in the 1950s, including the rare Second Afro-Cuban Jazz Suite!
Reviews:
"This is a two disc collection of recordings done between 1950 and 1954 with record producer Norman Granz. They are interesting to me because they display some of the beginning stages of Afro-Cuban jazz as well as Chico's earlier work. Many influences in Chico's writing are represented here with elements of jazz, Cuban, and classical music." (Victor Rendón 98/99 Catalog)
"A super-duper-must-have! All his '50s work for Norman Granz is to be found right here." (Phil Riggio 98/99 Catalog)
"Compliments to the producers of this album for excellent production values and for rescuing some prime Chico O’Farrill recordings from tape vault oblivion. One of the great pleasures of this two CD set is being able to hear long-unavailable performances by Bobby Escoto. Some of his interpretations (e.g. 'Tierra Va Temblar') acknowledge his awareness of Miguelito Valdés’s benchmark versions. By the same token, Escoto has a very recognizable style of his own." (David M. Carp 98/99 Catalog)
"Essential fare for any Latin jazz enthusiast. This is the man behind many of the Machito, Dizzy, Kenton, Basie and Bauza big band arrangements which defined the sound. One of the few surviving pioneers of the genre, Chico's writing and arranging is polished and sophisticated. Here, he leads his own orchestras through a collection of recordings spanning several decades. Viva Chico!" (Alfredo Cruz 98/99 Catalog)
Song titles include:
Avocadoes
Taboo
JATP Mambo
Duerme
Almendra
The Disappearance
Cuban Blues
Sin Titulo
Dance One
Bright One
Flamingo
Last One
Tierra Va Tembla
Vamos Pa La Rumba
Mambo Korula
Frizilandia
Peanut Vendor
Ill Wind (You're Blowin' Me No Good))
Malagueña
Castigala
The Second Afro-Cuban Jazz Suite
Havana Special
Carioca
Fiesta Time
Heat Wave...plus 20 More Tunes!!
Musicians include:
Chico O'Farrill Arranger, conductor
Mario Bauza Trumpet
Doug Mettome Trumpet
Jimmy Nottingham Trumpet
Al Stewart Trumpet
Nick Travis Trumpet
Eddie Bert Trombone
Vern Friley Trombone
Fred Zito Trombone
George Berg Alto sax, reeds
Lenny Hambro Alto sax, reeds
Ben Harrod Alto sax, reeds
Flip Phillips Tenor sax, reeds
Eddie Wasserman Tenor sax, reeds
Danny Bank Baritone sax, reeds
Rene Hernandez Piano
Roberto Rodriguez Bass
Don Lamond Drums
Candido Camero Bongo
Jose Mangual Bongo....plus many other musicans!
Category: Dance Traditions => Big Band Mambo Jazz => Cuba
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