Heart of a Legend

Heart of a Legend

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by Chico O'Farrill
     
 

The campaign to punch Chico O'Farrill into the general consciousness continues with what amounts to an anthology of his work, all freshly and brilliantly played by the Chico O'Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Big Band directed by his pianist son Arturo. The material on hand goes back to a 1956 cha-cha written on a plane ride to Havana, but the unifying thread is a suite from… See more details below

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The campaign to punch Chico O'Farrill into the general consciousness continues with what amounts to an anthology of his work, all freshly and brilliantly played by the Chico O'Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Big Band directed by his pianist son Arturo. The material on hand goes back to a 1956 cha-cha written on a plane ride to Havana, but the unifying thread is a suite from the film Guaguasi scattered in pieces throughout the album. It is an often astonishingly diverse portrait of O'Farrill, reflecting not only his percolating Afro-Cuban rhythmic base but also some of his other musical directions. There is a Basie-style big-band blues, "Sing Your Blues Away," with Freddie Cole doing a credible job as velvety blues shouter; a lightweight, fluffy thing called "Te Quiero" with flute/female choruses and a lascivious Gato Barbieri on tenor; and a recent Latin jazz suite of relatively modest proportions, "Trumpet Fantasy (For Wynton)." The best stuff comes early on: the marvelous "Theme From Guaguasi," a heartfelt Afro-Cuban workout in 6/8 time called "Momentum," which is really a renamed piece inspired by the 1962 Cuban missile crisis ("Cuban Conflagration") that was rescued from oblivion for this album. Several other famous Latin jazz names turn up in fine form: Paquito D'Rivera, Cachao, Candido, Alfredo "Chocolate" Armenteros, Carlos "Patato" Valdes, and, in a closing duet, Arturo O'Farrill and Arturo Sandoval. There are a lot of board fades on these tracks, a highly unusual practice in the '90s on a jazz album. Though not as essential as Pure Emotion, this CD confirms the continued vitality of this 77-year-old master.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/24/1999
Label:
Milestone
UPC:
0025218929929
catalogNumber:
9299

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chico O'Farrill   Primary Artist,Conductor
Cachao   Bass,Track Performer
Gato Barbieri   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Paquito d'Rivera   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Track Performer
Arturo Sandoval   Trumpet
Freddy Cole   Vocals
Papo Vazquez   Trombone
Vivian Ara   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Chocolate Armenteros   Trumpet
Sam Burtis   Trombone
Pablo Calogero   Baritone Saxophone
Candido Camero   Conga
Jimmy Cozier   Alto Saxophone
Doris Eugenio   Choir, Chorus
Brenda Feliciano   Choir, Chorus
Andy González   Bass
Joe Gonzalez   Bongos,Conga,Bellringer
Horacio "El Negro" Hernández   Drums
Roger Ingram   Trumpet
Jack Jeffers   Trombone
Marshall McDonald   Alto Saxophone
Mike Migliore   Tenor Saxophone
Peter Olstad   Trumpet
Bobby Porcelli   Alto Saxophone
Deborah Resto   Choir, Chorus
Mario Rivera   Clarinet,Soprano Saxophone
Piro Rodriguez   Trumpet
Sandoval   Track Performer
Mauricio Smith   Clarinet,Flute
Carlos "Patato" Valdes   Conga,Maracas
Gary Valente   Trombone
Gary Valentine   Trombone
Eddie Bobe   Percussion,Bongos,Conga,Timbales,Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Guiro,Bellringer
Peter Brainin   Tenor Saxophone
J.P. Torres   Trombone
Arturo O'Farrill   Piano
Joe Santiago   Bass
David Oquendo   Guitar,Choir, Chorus,Coros
Willie Martinez   Drums
Kenny Rampton   Trumpet
Jim Seeley   Trumpet
Matt Hilgenberg   Trumpet
Ilmar Gavilan   Violin
Mario Rivers   Soprano Saxophone,Track Performer

Technical Credits

Todd Barkan   Producer
Todd A. Gerard   Mastering
Troy Halderson   Engineer
Chico O'Farrill   Arranger
Eddie Bobe   Percussion Consultant
Enrique Fernandez   Liner Notes
Jon Abbot   Photo Booklet
Arturo O'Farrill   Director
Cesar Vera   Photo Booklet
Ricardo Betancourt   Photo Booklet
Oscar Hijuelos   Liner Notes
Jacques Lowe   Cover Photo
Jorge Luis Borrego   Composer
Yves Zimmerman   Photo Booklet
Nat Chediak   Liner Notes
Jorge Ulla   Producer

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