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Cirio: Live at the Blue Note

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Percussionist Francisco Mela's second CD as a leader is a compelling blend of many influences, mixing neo-bop, Cuban jazz, and South African jazz, with a fine cast in support that includes pianist Jason Moran, guitarist/vocalist Lionel Loueke, bassist Larry Grenadier (sideman with Brad Mehldau on a number of his CDs), and tenor saxophonist Mark Turner. Six of the eight compositions were penned by the leader. "Tierra and Fuego" is an intricate, adventurous melody with Mela's tense percussion lighting the fire under Turner's burning tenor. The furious pulse of "Channel 2" propels Turner's far-reaching solo, while the mysterious, somewhat eerie "Cirio" is dedicated to the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Percussionist Francisco Mela's second CD as a leader is a compelling blend of many influences, mixing neo-bop, Cuban jazz, and South African jazz, with a fine cast in support that includes pianist Jason Moran, guitarist/vocalist Lionel Loueke, bassist Larry Grenadier (sideman with Brad Mehldau on a number of his CDs), and tenor saxophonist Mark Turner. Six of the eight compositions were penned by the leader. "Tierra and Fuego" is an intricate, adventurous melody with Mela's tense percussion lighting the fire under Turner's burning tenor. The furious pulse of "Channel 2" propels Turner's far-reaching solo, while the mysterious, somewhat eerie "Cirio" is dedicated to the leader's late father, who died shortly before the recording sessions. "Ulrick Mela" is named for Mela's newborn son, a joyful piece primarily focusing on Loueke's vocal and guitar. These enjoyable live performances show a lot of promise for Francisco Mela, as a drummer, composer, arranger, and bandleader.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/23/2008
  • Label: Halfnote Records
  • UPC: 616892453628
  • Catalog Number: 4536
  • Sales rank: 312,397

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Tierra and Fuego (9:38)
  2. 2 Channel 2 (7:43)
  3. 3 Cirio (9:42)
  4. 4 Maria (6:59)
  5. 5 Pequeña Serenata de Urna (3:55)
  6. 6 Benes (8:20)
  7. 7 Urick Mela (8:11)
  8. 8 Afro Son (6:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Francisco Mela Primary Artist, Drums, Vocals
Larry Grenadier Bass
Mark Turner Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Jason Moran Piano
Lionel Loueke Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Silvio Rodríguez Composer
Greg Calbi Mastering
Steven Remote Engineer
Jeff Levenson Producer, Liner Notes, Audio Production
Steven Bensusan Executive Producer
Lionel Loueke Composer
Molly Gobel Art Direction
Francisco Mela Composer, Cover Portrait
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