Offense of the Drum

The Offense of the Drum

by Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra
     
 
While bandleader and pianist Arturo O'Farrill has always sought to preserve the legacy of Latin jazz, he's never been one to do so it for its own sake, but always for evolutionary purposes. The Offense of the Drum features his 18-piece Afro-Latin Jazz band -- a whopping 28 percussion instruments from all over the globe -- and a notable host of collaborators

Overview

While bandleader and pianist Arturo O'Farrill has always sought to preserve the legacy of Latin jazz, he's never been one to do so it for its own sake, but always for evolutionary purposes. The Offense of the Drum features his 18-piece Afro-Latin Jazz band -- a whopping 28 percussion instruments from all over the globe -- and a notable host of collaborators including Donald Harrison and Vijay Iyer. The program highlights the cultural sounds and prismatic influences of South America, Spain, and the Caribbean in modern jazz. "Cuarto de Colores" weds the Brazilian, Colombian and Afro-Cuban rhythms to post-bop big-band jazz. Colombian harpist Edmar Castañeda, trumpeter Jonathan Powell, and O'Farrill all deliver excellent solos. "They Came" weds spoken word from Chilo Cajigas and reggaeton -- via DJ Logic's turntablism -- to modern big-band jazz. "On the Corner of Malecón and Bourbon" digs deep into the intersections of Latin music and jazz histories. The blues in NOLA's legacy are present in the trumpet, but that's only the beginning; there are stops along the way throughout the evolution of jazz -- including a momentary stop at free -- and second-line, as Spanish melody and Caribbean rhythms provide extensive harmonic colors and rhythmic accents. Iyer's "The Mad Hatter" was written for O'Farrill. Here, strident, knotty rhythmic lines cut across angular lyric melodies and layered harmonies with fantastic solos by the composer and trumpeter Seneca Black. The set's hinge piece is the title track, a suite inspired by the banning of drum circles in New York City. Stringent contrapuntal brass sections work against the djembe for an extended period before O'Farrill's piano signals detente. Chad Lefkowitz-Brown's saxophone solo, followed by the pulsing interplay of djembe and deep-toned Japanese taiko drums, begins to open the work up from the inside. Drums begin to dominate in the second section even as the brass attempts to regain control. Eventually, the two lines intersect in a wild, colorful, songlike celebration in the final segment. The closer is a reading of "Iko Iko" with Harrison. Perhaps no other tune better reflects the commingling of Afro-Latin music as it was translated to North America through the variety of textures, cadences, carnival rhythms, and melodies of the Caribbean. The staggered brass and reed sections meet and greet the drums as they march, strut, swagger, and swing. By virtue of its disciplined execution, cultural queries, and celebratory inspiration, The Offense of the Drum is only O'Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra's most ambitious moment to date.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/06/2014
Label:
Motema Music
UPC:
0181212001426
catalogNumber:
142
Rank:
65831

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra   Primary Artist
Donald Harrison   Alto Saxophone,Vocals,Soloist,Guest Appearance
Earl McIntyre   Tuba,Bass Trombone
Bobby Porcelli   Alto Saxophone,Soloist,Lead
Vince Cherico   Drums
Peter Brainin   Tenor Saxophone
Vijay Iyer   Piano,Soloist,Guest Appearance
Miguel Blanco   Conductor,Guest Appearance
Arturo O'Farrill   Piano,Soloist
Frank Cohen   Trombone,Soloist
DJ Logic   Turntables,Guest Appearance
Pablo Mayor   Conductor,Maracas,Guest Appearance
Jason Lindner   Conductor,Guest Appearance
Jim Seeley   Trumpet,Soloist
Samuel Torres   Conductor,Cajon,Guest Appearance
Jonathan Powell   Trumpet,Soloist
Rafi Malkiel   Trombone,Euphonium,Soloist
Ivan Renta   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist,Lead
Gregg August   Bass,Soloist
John Bailey   Trumpet,Soloist
Seneca Black   Trumpet,Soloist,Lead
Uri Sharlin   Accordion,Guest Appearance
David DeJesus   Alto Saxophone
Jason Marshall   Baritone Saxophone,Soloist
Roland Guerrero   Conga
Joe Gonzales   Bongos
Edmar Castaneda   Harp,Soloist,Guest Appearance
Antonio Lizana   Alto Saxophone,Vocals,Soloist,Guest Appearance
Nestor Gómez   Percussion,Guest Appearance
Chad Lefkowitz-Brown   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist,Guest Appearance
Tokunori Kajiwara   Trombone,Lead
Pablo O. Bilbraut   Percussion,Guest Appearance
Hiro Kurashima   taiko,Soloist,Guest Appearance
Jonathan Gómez   Percussion,Guest Appearance
Ayanda Clarke   Djembe,Soloist,Guest Appearance
Christopher "Chilo" Cajigas   Spoken Word,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Erik Satie   Composer
Todd Barkan   Producer
Katherine Miller   Engineer
Vijay Iyer   Composer
Miguel Blanco   Arranger,Composer
Arturo O'Farrill   Composer,Producer,Musical Director
Pablo Mayor   Composer
Jason Lindner   Composer
Samuel Torres   Arranger
James "Sugarboy" Crawford   Composer
Todd Bashore   Arranger
Edmar Castaneda   Composer
Kabir Sehgal   Producer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Eric Oberstein   Producer
Christopher "Chilo" Cajigas   Composer

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