Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro-Cuban Latin Jazz Orchestra: Humility




Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra


Song for Chico (Zoho 200804)

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Arturo O'Farrill (piano), Michael Mossman (trumpet), Jim Seeley (trumpet), John Walsh (trumpet), Michael Rodriguez (trumpet), Reynaldo Jorge (trombone), Gary Valente (trombone), Luis Bonilla (trombone), Douglas Purviance (bass trombone), Bobby Porcelli (alto sax), Erica von Kleist (alto sax), Mario Rivera (tenor sax), Ivan Renta (tenor sax), Pablo Calogero (baritone sax), Ruben Rodriguez (bass), Vince Cherico (drums, timbales), Jimmy Delgado (timbales, bongo, bell), Tony Rosa (tumbadora).

Composed and arranged by Tom Harrell. Directed by Arturo O’Farrill


Recorded: April 23, 2006


Rating: 89/100 (learn more)

The track may be called "Humility," but this band has no need for false modesty. Led by a 2nd-generation Latin jazz master (Arturo's father is the celebrated Chico O'Farrill), the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra is a top- notch ensemble, combining strong charts with solid musicianship. Here the band tackles a Tom Harrell chart, which starts at a simmer with minimalist percussion and thick Kentonian chords. But shortly after the 1-minute mark, the pot begins boiling over. Trumpeter Jim Seeley offers up a fluid and dynamic solo, prodded all the time by throbbing and rumbling horns in the background. But the performance hits its high point with a gripping trumpet and percussion interlude right before the return of the melody.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia


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