40 Acres and a Burro

40 Acres and a Burro

by Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra

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40 Acres and a Burro

For over 60 years, big bands have been the exception instead of the rule in jazz -- and that is very much a matter of economics. It is a lot easier to pay four, five, or six musicians than it is to pay 19 or 20 musicians. But there are still some great big bands if one knows where to find them, and acoustic pianist Arturo O'Farrill's Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra has been offering excellent big-band Latin jazz since 2003. O'Farrill's outfit celebrated its seventh anniversary in 2010, which was also the year in which 40 Acres and a Burro was recorded. This fine album (which boasts guest Paquito d'Rivera on clarinet) is a perfect example of why O'Farrill calls his big band the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra instead of the Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra; O'Farrill favors a pan-Latin approach, demonstrating that Afro-Cuban music isn't the only type of Latin music that can have a positive effect on acoustic jazz. Certainly, Afro-Cuban rhythms are an important part of the equation; the Afro-Cuban influence serves the orchestra well on material ranging from O'Farrill's "Ruminaciónes Sobre Cuba" (Ruminations About Cuba) to the Abelardo Valdés standard "Almendra" to Dizzy Gillespie's "A Night in Tunisia." But O'Farrill ventures into Brazilian jazz territory on interpretations of Pixinguinha's "Um a Zero" and Hermeto Pascoal's "Bebê," and his big band combines jazz with Argentinian tango on Astor Piazzolla's "Tanguango." But the biggest surprise of all comes when the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra puts a somewhat bolero-ish spin on the traditional Irish-Celtic standard "She Moves Through the Fair"; it's an unlikely choice for a jazz band, but this arrangement successfully unites post-bop, Celtic, and Latin elements with absorbing results. In a perfect world, it wouldn't be difficult for jazz musicians to keep a big band together. But some big bands will excel despite the difficulty, which is exactly what O'Farrill's Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra does on 40 Acres and a Burro.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/08/2011
Label: Zoho Music
UPC: 0880956110226
catalogNumber: 201102
Rank: 13872

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra   Primary Artist
Paquito D'Rivera   Clarinet
Michael Philip Mossman   Trumpet
Joe Gonzalez   Percussion
Earl McIntyre   Trombone
Sharon Moe   French Horn
Bobby Porcelli   Alto Saxophone
Gary Valente   Trombone
Vince Cherico   Drums
Peter Brainin   Tenor Saxophone
John Walsh   Trumpet
Arturo O'Farrill   Piano
Hector del Curto   Bandoneon
Jim Seeley   Trumpet
Ivan Renta   Tenor Saxophone
Guilherme Monteiro   Guitar
Seneca Black   Trumpet
Gabriel Alegria   Conductor
David DeJesus   Alto Saxophone
Jeff Scott   French Horn
Jason Marshall   Baritone Saxophone
Ricardo Rodriguez   Bass
Roland Guerrero   Conga
Reynaldo Jorge   Trombone
Yuri Juárez   Guitar
Freddy "Huevito" Lobatón   Cajon,Quijada
Adam O’Farrill   Trumpet
Tokunori Kajiwara   Trombone
Heather Martin Bixler   Violin
Pablo O. Bilbraut   Guiro

Technical Credits

Astor Piazzolla   Composer
Michael Philip Mossman   Arranger
Joachim Becker   Executive Producer
Jim Czak   Engineer
Oscar Hernandez   Composer
Jovino Santos Neto   Arranger
Chico O'Farrill   Arranger
Hermeto Pascoal   Composer
Pixinguinha (Alfredo Vianna)   Composer
Arturo O'Farrill   Composer,Producer
David Bixler   Arranger
Jerry Lacay   Band Photo
Nailor "Proveta" Azevedo   Arranger
Abelardo Valdés   Composer
Jack Frisch   Art Direction
Gabriel Alegria   Composer
Michael Collins   Arranger
Bill Moss   Engineer
Eric Oberstein   Producer
R.D. Rice   Executive Producer

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