Plays Nat King Cole en Español

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Prolific saxophonist, composer, and arranger David Murray has made a number of tribute recordings during his career to jazz luminaries such as Albert Ayler and Don Pullen, among others. Nat King Cole may seem an unlikely choice initially, and it might never have happened if Murray had not been recording at Cuba's Studio Egrem and saw a photograph of Cole with Armando Romeu from a pre-revolution session. Cole recorded a pair of Latin-inspired records, Cole Español and More Cole Español, in 1958 and 1962 respectively -- one in Spanish and one in Portuguese (the singer spoke neither but learned standards and folk songs phonetically). The audiences these albums were directed at ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Prolific saxophonist, composer, and arranger David Murray has made a number of tribute recordings during his career to jazz luminaries such as Albert Ayler and Don Pullen, among others. Nat King Cole may seem an unlikely choice initially, and it might never have happened if Murray had not been recording at Cuba's Studio Egrem and saw a photograph of Cole with Armando Romeu from a pre-revolution session. Cole recorded a pair of Latin-inspired records, Cole Español and More Cole Español, in 1958 and 1962 respectively -- one in Spanish and one in Portuguese (the singer spoke neither but learned standards and folk songs phonetically). The audiences these albums were directed at were already Cole fans, and while they weren't very good, they thought them amusing and flattering. Murray draws from these records here. His European-based ten-piece Cuban band and a string section toured these tunes before recording them. The band sessions took place in Buenos Aires with tango sensation Daniel Melingo contributing to four tracks. Murray added strings in Portugal, played by 11 members of Sinfonieta of Sines. Murray wrote gorgeous charts for these sessions. The string arrangements are alternately haunting, lively, and full of beautiful counterpoint and extended harmonies that contrast colorfully with the jazz band. His brass charts offer both stunning lyricism and elegance while the rhythm section pops. Murray's saxophone and bass clarinet become the voice of Cole. He hovers, soars, and gently swoops on these ten tunes -- check "El Bodequero," with its elegant swinging variation on the cha-cha. On "Piel Canela," he leads a swirl of string colors on a more standard version of the cha-cha's melody before stretching out in a hip, understated lyrical tenor solo that gets wonderfully knotty in its interplay with pianist Jose "Pepe" Rivero. On "No Me Platiques," Murray pulls all the variations of lyricism from his horn; old-school big breathy balladry and more angular phrases pour forth in tandem. Melingo's voice on "the single" "Quizas, Quizas, Quizas" and "A Media Luz" is pure tango glory in its grainy, passionate immediacy, reined in just enough by the chart; Murray's deeply emotive bass clarinet is featured prominently as a second voice on the latter track. Plays Nat King Cole en Español is among the most imaginative and well-executed recordings in Murray's large catalog. He found something mercurial, graceful, and dignified in Cole's voice, and used it as inspiration to create a work that is respectful but utterly his own.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/11/2011
  • Label: Motema Music
  • UPC: 181212000733
  • Catalog Number: 73
  • Sales rank: 133,484

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 El Bodeguero - David Murray Cuban Ensemble (9:20)
  2. 2 Quizas, Quizas, Quizas - David Murray Cuban Ensemble (6:07)
  3. 3 Tres Palabras - David Murray Cuban Ensemble (8:28)
  4. 4 Piel Canela - David Murray Cuban Ensemble (7:11)
  5. 5 No Me Platiques - David Murray Cuban Ensemble (8:04)
  6. 6 Black Nat - David Murray Cuban Ensemble (6:43)
  7. 7 Cachito - David Murray Cuban Ensemble (6:44)
  8. 8 A Media Luz - David Murray Cuban Ensemble (6:23)
  9. 9 Aqui Se Habla En Amor - David Murray Cuban Ensemble (7:49)
  10. 10 El Choclo - David Murray Cuban Ensemble (4:37)
  11. 11 Quizas, Quizas, Quizas - David Murray Cuban Ensemble (3:54)
  12. 12 El [CD-ROM Track] - David Murray Cuban Ensemble
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Murray Primary Artist, Bass Clarinet, Conductor, Tenor Saxophone
Daniel Melingo Vocals, Guest Appearance
Denis Cuni Rodriguez Trombone
Roman Filiu O'Reilly Alto Saxophone
Joao Gaspar Viola
Mario Félix Hernandez Morejon Trumpet
Pepe Rivero Piano
Abraham Mansfarroll Rodriguez Conga
Joana Dias Violin
Samuel Santos Cello
Joana Cipriano Violin
Catarina Anacleto Cello
Ariel Bringuez Ruiz Tenor Saxophone
Tiago Vila Cello
The Sinofonieta of Sines Guest Appearance
Rui Guimarães Violin
Rita Ramos Cello
Reiner Elizarde Ruano Bass
Maria José Laginha Violin
Juanjo Mosalini Bandoneon, Guest Appearance
João Andrade Violin
Gonçalo Ruivo Viola
Georvis Pico Milan Drums
Franck Mayea Pedroza Trumpet
Technical Credits
Bobby Capó Composer
David Murray Arranger, Composer, Producer
Tony Cousins Mastering
Osvaldo Farrés Composer
Gary Giddins Liner Notes
Jack Keller Composer
Vicente Garrido Composer
Richard Egües Composer
Osvaldo Acedo Engineer
Oscar Gimenez Studio Manager
Consuelo Velázquez Composer
Edgardo Donato Composer
Valerie Malot Producer, Liner Notes
Sylvain Mercier Engineer
Ariel Lavigna Engineer
Helder Nelson Engineer
Angel Villodo Composer
Mondo Mundo Booking
Lenzi Carlos Cesar Composer
João Paulo Nogueira Engineer
Enrique Discepolo Composer
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