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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
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: 8/24/1999
  • Label: Milestone
  • UPC: 025218929929
  • Catalog Number: 9299

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Guaguasi - Mario Rivers (4:11)
  2. 2 Momentumi - Mario Rivers (4:09)
  3. 3 La Verde Campiña - Mario Rivers (3:50)
  4. 4 Sing Your Blues Away (For Neca) - Mario Rivers (5:44)
  5. 5 Guaguasi Abstracto - Mario Rivers (5:29)
  6. 6 Trumpet Fantasy - Mario Rivers (8:28)
  7. 7 Chico's Cha Cha Cha - Mario Rivers (3:28)
  8. 8 Te Quiero Dijiste - Mario Rivers (5:24)
  9. 9 Manteca - Mario Rivers (2:37)
  10. 10 Locos de la Habana - Mario Rivers (5:20)
  11. 11 Sin Tu Amor - Mario Rivers (1:58)
  12. 12 Pure Emotion - Mario Rivers (3:02)
  13. 13 Fin de Siglo - Mario Rivers (2:42)
  14. 14 The Journey - Mario Rivers (4:27)
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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Chico O'Farrill is truly a legend!!

    Chico O'Farrill is one of a kind a true legend!! I hope his son, Arturo O'Farrill, can continue his legacy for decades to come!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dancing into Paradise!

    You'll want to salsa, samba, bossa nova...Wow. This is hot!

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