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Afro-Cuban Jazz Moods
     

Afro-Cuban Jazz Moods

by Dizzy Gillespie
 
In 1975, four of the legends who helped create Latin jazz in the '40s -- trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, bandleader Machito, arranger Mario Bauza, and composer-arranger Chico O'Farrill -- convened one last time. They may have all been grayer, but they still had the ambitions of racehorses. A new set of typically grandiose and brilliant

Overview

In 1975, four of the legends who helped create Latin jazz in the '40s -- trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, bandleader Machito, arranger Mario Bauza, and composer-arranger Chico O'Farrill -- convened one last time. They may have all been grayer, but they still had the ambitions of racehorses. A new set of typically grandiose and brilliant compositions were written by O'Farrill: the 15-minute "Oro, Incienso y Mirra" and the 15-minute suite "Three Afro-Cuban Jazz Moods" were essayed by an enlarged, 26-piece version of the Machito Orchestra. The writing and ensemble playing are both filled with majesty, but what makes this album essential is the wonderful sound of the older Dizzy Gillespie, whose trumpet style was now filled with deep blue smears, jagged, cascading runs, and a unique muted sound that was all his own. He is frighteningly good here, a master gleefully skipping and sliding over the Latin rhythms that were so close to his heart, with his old compadres in lockstep.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Here we have a summit meeting late in the careers of the pioneering titans of Afro-Cuban jazz: Dizzy Gillespie fronting the Machito orchestra on trumpet, with Mario Bauza as music director, alto saxophonist/clarinetist, and organizing force, and Chico O'Farrill contributing the compositions and arrangements. This could have been just a nostalgic retro gathering 25 years after the fact, but instead, these guys put forth an ambitious effort to push the boundaries of the idiom. The centerpiece is a 15-minute trumpet concerto for Gillespie called "Oro, Incienso y Mirra," where O'Farrill melts dissonant clusters, electric piano comping, and synthesizer decorations together with hot Afro-Cuban rhythms into a coherent, multi-sectioned tour de force. Gillespie, who had apparently never been in the same room with synthesizers before, is magnificent as he peels off one patented bebop run after another over Machito's band and in the gaps between. There is also an equally sophisticated suite of O'Farrill pieces grouped under the title "Three Afro-Cuban Jazz Moods," which mixes rock elements into the rhythms. Parts of "Pensativo" sound as if O'Farrill had been carefully listening to Santana, the teacher learning from the student, as it were. It adds up to a paltry 32 minutes of music, yet one can forgive the short length, this being all there is of a historic recording session.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/01/1991
Label:
Ojc
UPC:
0025218644723
catalogNumber:
447
Rank:
292206

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Performance Credits

Dizzy Gillespie   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Track Performer
Machito   Track Performer
Jorge Dalto   Electric Piano
Barry Morrow   Trombone
Mario Bauzá   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Julio Collazo   African Drums
Donald Corrado   French Horn
Manny Duran   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Frank Grillo   Leader,Maracas,Claves
Mario Grillo   Bongos,cowbell
Jack Jeffers   Trombone
Lewis Kahn   Trombone
Jose Madera   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Chico O'Farrill   Trumpet,Conductor
Victor Paz   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Mario Rivera   Alto Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Mickey Roker   Drums
Mauricio Smith   Flute,Piccolo,Alto Saxophone
Brooks Tillotson   French Horn
Dana McCurdy   Synthesizer
Carlos Castillo   Electric Bass
Leslie Yahonikan   Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Raul Gonzalez   Trumpet,Flugelhorn

Technical Credits

Mario Bauzá   Producer
Tony May   Engineer
Chico O'Farrill   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes
Eric Miller   Engineer

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