Chico O’Farrill: Afro-Cuban Jazz Suite
Afro-Cuban Jazz Suite
Chico O’Farrill Orchestra
Cuban Blues: The Chico O’Farrill Sessions (Verve 533256)
Rene Hernandez (piano), Jose Mangual (percussion).
Recorded: December 21, 1950
Rating: 97/100 (learn more)
Chico O’Farrill, an important Latin jazz pioneer, achieved success as a bandleader, composer and arranger. O’Farrill was also a trumpet player, and this extended composition features that instrument -- and was recorded several times, including versions with Clark Terry and Dizzy Gillespie as the soloist. This recording, overseen by Norman Granz for Verve Records, captures O’Farrill’s band at the pinnacle of its sound in the early 1950s. In addition to work with his own band, O’Farrill is responsible for many arrangements played by the Machito, Gillespie and Kenton bands. The “Afro-Cuban Jazz Suite” is one of O’Farrill’s masterpieces.
Reviewer: Mark Lomanno