Song for Chico

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Arturo O'Farrill continues in the tradition of his late father, Chico O'Farrill, with this exciting Afro-Latin big band session. Juan Tizol's "Caravan," a staple of Duke Ellington's repertoire and a favorite of jazz musicians, is transformed with Papo Vazquez's infectious chart, adding a dark piano vamp and prominent conga, with a sizzling improvised centerpiece featuring tenorist Ivan Renta, trumpeter Michael Rodriguez, and trombonist Renaldo Jorge. The bandleader contributed "Such Love," dedicated to the late saxophonist Sam Furnace, a mainstay in Chico's band who gave his all (in spite of pain from a terminal illness) in his final appearance with the band. The dramatic ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Arturo O'Farrill continues in the tradition of his late father, Chico O'Farrill, with this exciting Afro-Latin big band session. Juan Tizol's "Caravan," a staple of Duke Ellington's repertoire and a favorite of jazz musicians, is transformed with Papo Vazquez's infectious chart, adding a dark piano vamp and prominent conga, with a sizzling improvised centerpiece featuring tenorist Ivan Renta, trumpeter Michael Rodriguez, and trombonist Renaldo Jorge. The bandleader contributed "Such Love," dedicated to the late saxophonist Sam Furnace, a mainstay in Chico's band who gave his all (in spite of pain from a terminal illness) in his final appearance with the band. The dramatic introduction sets up a cooking Afro-Cuban vehicle powered by Jimmy Delgado's timbales, adding Luis Bonilla's blistering trombone and Jim Seeley's scorching trumpet. Arturo returns to his father's compositions, including a brief but infectious "Cuban Blues" (using the original chart) and his own heartfelt setting of the warm ballad "The Journey." The apple doesn't fall far from the tree, as Chico O'Farrill would be very pleased with this outstanding date by his talented son Arturo.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/8/2008
  • Label: Zoho Music
  • UPC: 880956080420
  • Catalog Number: 200804
  • Sales rank: 112,765

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Caravan - Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra (7:17)
  2. 2 Such Love - Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra (8:15)
  3. 3 Picadillo - Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra (4:55)
  4. 4 Song for Chico - Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra (8:23)
  5. 5 Starry Nights - Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra (7:11)
  6. 6 Cuban Blues - Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra (2:51)
  7. 7 Humility - Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra (5:50)
  8. 8 The Journey - Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra (4:58)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Arturo O'Farrill Primary Artist, Piano, Soloist, Musical Direction
Luis Bonilla Trombone, Soloist
Michael Philip Mossman Trumpet, Lead
Pablo Calogero Baritone Saxophone
Jimmy Delgado Bongos, Timbales, Bells, Soloist
Renaldo Jorge Trombone, Soloist, Lead
Douglas Purviance Bass Trombone
Bobby Porcelli Alto Saxophone, Lead
Mario Rivera Tenor Saxophone
Michael Rodriguez Trumpet
Reuben Rodriguez Electric Bass, Soloist, Ampeg Baby Bass
Gary Valente Trombone
Vince Cherico Drums, Timbales
John Walsh Trumpet
Rubén Rodríguez Electric Bass
Jim Seeley Trumpet, Soloist
Ivan Renta Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
John A. Walsh Trumpet
Mario Mártires Rivera Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Erica Vonkleist Alto Saxophone
Tony Rosa Tumba, Tumbadora
Technical Credits
Tito Puente Composer
Bebo Valdés Author
Papo Vazquez Arranger
Todd Barkan Audio Production
Tom Harrell Arranger, Composer
Phil Magnotti Mastering
Juan Tizol Composer
Arturo O'Farrill Arranger, Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, Audio Production, Artistic Director
Dafnis Prieto Arranger, Composer
Jim Seeley Arranger, Composer
Rob Macomber Engineer
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