40 Acres and a Burro

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
For over 60 years, big bands have been the exception instead of the rule in jazz -- and that is very much a matter of economics. It is a lot easier to pay four, five, or six musicians than it is to pay 19 or 20 musicians. But there are still some great big bands if one knows where to find them, and acoustic pianist Arturo O'Farrill's Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra has been offering excellent big-band Latin jazz since 2003. O'Farrill's outfit celebrated its seventh anniversary in 2010, which was also the year in which 40 Acres and a Burro was recorded. This fine album (which boasts guest Paquito d'Rivera on clarinet) is a perfect example of why O'Farrill calls his big band the...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
For over 60 years, big bands have been the exception instead of the rule in jazz -- and that is very much a matter of economics. It is a lot easier to pay four, five, or six musicians than it is to pay 19 or 20 musicians. But there are still some great big bands if one knows where to find them, and acoustic pianist Arturo O'Farrill's Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra has been offering excellent big-band Latin jazz since 2003. O'Farrill's outfit celebrated its seventh anniversary in 2010, which was also the year in which 40 Acres and a Burro was recorded. This fine album (which boasts guest Paquito d'Rivera on clarinet) is a perfect example of why O'Farrill calls his big band the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra instead of the Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra; O'Farrill favors a pan-Latin approach, demonstrating that Afro-Cuban music isn't the only type of Latin music that can have a positive effect on acoustic jazz. Certainly, Afro-Cuban rhythms are an important part of the equation; the Afro-Cuban influence serves the orchestra well on material ranging from O'Farrill's "Ruminaciónes Sobre Cuba" (Ruminations About Cuba) to the Abelardo Valdés standard "Almendra" to Dizzy Gillespie's "A Night in Tunisia." But O'Farrill ventures into Brazilian jazz territory on interpretations of Pixinguinha's "Um a Zero" and Hermeto Pascoal's "Bebê," and his big band combines jazz with Argentinian tango on Astor Piazzolla's "Tanguango." But the biggest surprise of all comes when the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra puts a somewhat bolero-ish spin on the traditional Irish-Celtic standard "She Moves Through the Fair"; it's an unlikely choice for a jazz band, but this arrangement successfully unites post-bop, Celtic, and Latin elements with absorbing results. In a perfect world, it wouldn't be difficult for jazz musicians to keep a big band together. But some big bands will excel despite the difficulty, which is exactly what O'Farrill's Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra does on 40 Acres and a Burro.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/8/2011
  • Label: Zoho Music
  • UPC: 880956110226
  • Catalog Number: 201102
  • Sales rank: 271,954

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rumba Urbana - Arturo O'Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra (6:24)
  2. 2 A Wise Latina - Arturo O'Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra (6:50)
  3. 3 Almendra - Arturo O'Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra (5:23)
  4. 4 Um a Zero - Arturo O'Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra (5:00)
  5. 5 El Sur - Arturo O'Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra (8:47)
  6. 6 She Moves Through the Fair - Arturo O'Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra (6:51)
  7. 7 Ruminaciones Sobre Cuba - Arturo O'Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra (4:55)
  8. 8 Tanguango - Arturo O'Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra (6:40)
  9. 9 Bebê - Arturo O'Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra (7:32)
  10. 10 A Night in Tunisia - Arturo O'Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra (4:11)
  11. 11 40 Acres and a Burro - Arturo O'Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra (6:25)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra Primary Artist
Paquito d'Rivera Clarinet
Michael Philip Mossman Trumpet
Joe Gonzalez Percussion
Earl McIntyre Trombone
Sharon Moe French Horn
Bobby Porcelli Alto Saxophone
Gary Valente Trombone
Vince Cherico Drums
Peter Brainin Tenor Saxophone
John Walsh Trumpet
Arturo O'Farrill Piano
Hector del Curto Bandoneon
Jim Seeley Trumpet
Ivan Renta Tenor Saxophone
Guilherme Monteiro Guitar
Seneca Black Trumpet
Gabriel Alegria Conductor
David DeJesus Alto Saxophone
Jeff Scott French Horn
Jason Marshall Baritone Saxophone
Ricardo Rodriguez Bass
Roland Guerrero Conga
Reynaldo Jorge Trombone
Yuri Juárez Guitar
Freddy "Huevito" Lobatón Cajon, Quijada
Adam O’Farrill Trumpet
Tokunori Kajiwara Trombone
Heather Martin Bixler Violin
Pablo O. Bilbraut Guiro
Technical Credits
Astor Piazzolla Composer
Michael Philip Mossman Arranger
Joachim Becker Executive Producer
Jim Czak Engineer
Oscar Hernandez Composer
Jovino Santos Neto Arranger
Chico O'Farrill Arranger
Hermeto Pascoal Composer
Pixinguinha (Alfredo Vianna) Composer
Arturo O'Farrill Composer, Producer
David Bixler Arranger
Jerry Lacay Band Photo
Nailor "Proveta" Azevedo Arranger
Abelardo Valdés Composer
Jack Frisch Art Direction
Gabriel Alegria Composer
Michael Collins Arranger
Bill Moss Engineer
Eric Oberstein Producer
R.D. Rice Executive Producer
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