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Bunny Beck/Jodi Kanter/Javier Zalba: Abrazo: The Havana Sessions

Audio Samples

  1. Abrazo — Hot Miami Nights $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Abrazo — On an Autumn Day $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Abrazo — Bugs & Gas $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Abrazo — Jazz Instrumental Suite: Impressions $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Abrazo — Jazz Instrumental Suite: Obligations $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Abrazo — Jazz Vocal Suite: Why Do I? $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Abrazo — Jazz Vocal Suite: So Easy to Say $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Abrazo — Alarcón Madrigals, Book 3: No. 1, Cuerpo en llamas $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Abrazo — Alarcón Madrigals, Book 3: No. 2, Lamentario $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Abrazo — Alarcón Madrigals, Book 3: No. 3, Como loca flor $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Abrazo — Alarcón Madrigals, Book 3: No. 4, In ixtli in yóllotl "Face & Heart" $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Abrazo — Alarcón Madrigals, Book 3: No. 5, Polvo estelar $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Abrazo — Burlesque: I. Honolulu Stomp $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Abrazo — Burlesque: II. Baile, baile, me Hermosa Rosa $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Abrazo — Burlesque: III. Luca Has a Cadenza $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Abrazo — Burlesque: IV. Life Is a Strange Instrument $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Abrazo — Burlesque: V. Rosa Discovers a Strange Instrument $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Abrazo — Warm Winds in Havana: Prelude "Havana Promenade" $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Abrazo — Warm Winds in Havana: Salida del sol $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Abrazo — Warm Winds in Havana: Danza del día $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Abrazo — Warm Winds in Havana: Ritmo de la noche $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Abrazo — Coloring with Water $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Abrazo — After the Fall: I. After the Fall $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Abrazo — After the Fall: II. We $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Abrazo — After the Fall: III. Changing Home $0.99 on iTunes

Track List

>Hot Miami Nights
>On an Autumn Day
>Bugs & Gas
>Jazz Instrumental Suite: I. Impressions
>Jazz Instrumental Suite: II. Smooth Cruisin'
>Jazz Instrumental Suite: III. Obligations
>Jazz Vocal Suite: I. Why Do I?
>Jazz Vocal Suite: II. So Easy to Say
>Jazz Vocal Suite: III. It's in the Stars
>Alarcón Madrigals, Book 3: Cuerpo en Llamas
>Alarcón Madrigals, Book 3: Lamentario
>Alarcón Madrigals, Book 3: Como Foca Flor
>Alarcón Madrigals, Book 3: In Ixtli in Yóllotl "Face & Heart"
>Alarcón Madrigals, Book 3: Polvo Estelar
>Burlesque: I. Honolulu Stomp
>Burlesque: II. Baile, Baile, me Hermosa Rosa
>Burlesque: III. Luca Has a Cadenza
>Burlesque: IV. Life Is a Strange Instrument
>Burlesque: V. Rosa Discovers a Strange Instrument
>Warm Winds in Havana: Havana Promenade (Prelude)
>Warm Winds in Havana: Salida del Sol [Sunrise]
>Warm Winds in Havana: Danza del Día [Dance of the Day]
>Warm Winds in Havana: Ritmo de la Noche [Rhythm of the Night]
>Coloring With Water
>After the Fall: I. After the Fall
>After the Fall: II. We
>After the Fall: III. Changing Home

Album Remarks & Appraisals:

For nearly 60 years, cultural and economic exchange between the United States and Cuba has been hindered and hobbled as a result of the U.S. embargo on trade and travel. Influence from each has seeped through to both sides, but only with the restoration of diplomatic connections between the two countries in December 2014 did it become possible for real cooperation to occur. In November 2015, less than one year after these initial steps toward fully opening relations, PARMA Recordings produced the first of its recording projects in Havana. The resulting album, ABRAZO: THE HAVANA SESSIONS on the newly-minted Ansonica Records label, presents works for big band, small jazz combo, choir, and chamber ensembles by composers Bunny Beck, Roger Bourland, Donald Bowyer, Margaret Brandman, John Carollo, Timothy Miller, Mel Mobley, and Michael Murray performed by current or former members of the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba, the Buena Vista Social Club, Irakere, and many more. "Producing new music by living composers is my passion, and hearing musicians play with this level of preparation, dedication, and ingenuity was invigorating," says PARMA CEO Bob Lord. "We went right to the source, and sure enough they brought a totally new dimension to the music - a Cuban dimension, a feel and a sound and a perspective unlike anything else in the world." Spine-tingling sounds abound on the album, particularly on the choral recordings. Roger Bourland's Alarcn Madrigals, Book 3, set to the bilingual poetry of Francisco X Alarcn, and Michael Murray's After the Fall, composed to commemorate the first anniversary of the events of September 11, 2001, both veer from hushed, intimate valleys of close harmony to ebullient, expansive peaks of counterpoint. Bunny Beck's two Jazz Suites, arranged by Juan Manuel Ceruto, take the composer's work on a tour through beloved Cuban styles such as son, dazon, cha-cha-cha, and more. The ensemble, featuring acclaimed pianist Rolando Luna, plays with a breathless intensity that is frequently contrasted by the delicate, lilting beauty of the compositions. It's New York jazz by way of the Malecn. In Mel Mobley's lively trio Coloring with Water, brash brass punches through long melodic lines, navigating complex metric modulations and thorny harmonies. What comes through to the ear, however, is the sound of a composer who knows how to get the listener's pulse racing. Programmatic concepts are central to John Carollo's Burlesque and Margaret Brandman's Warm Winds in Havana. Carollo's trademark humor and playfulness is in full effect on this coquettish type of pas de deux for trumpet and guitar, while Brandman's sax quartet is given an exhilarating, penetrating interpretation by Javier Zalba and his ensemble. The intricately interlocked sounds of Cuban percussion augment the latter piece with particular flair. Produced by Havana native Dayron Ortega, PARMA's Lead Producer in Cuba, the big band recordings on ABRAZO showcase the Cuban sound at possibly its very best. Trombone features prominently in Donald Bowyer's eerily catchy Bugs and Gas, a crackerjack chart with rippling with syncopations and grin-inducing counter-melodies, and Tim Miller's Hot Miami Nights and On An Autumn Day are true show-stoppers - expert arrangements played with both feverish brilliance and true jazz cool. Cuba and America have been separated for far too long. Embrace the sounds of ABRAZO.

Album Notes

Recording information: Abdala 1,Havana, Cuba (02/10/2016); Bellas Artes Concert Hall, havana, CUba (02/10/2016); Dbega Studios, Havana, CUba (02/10/2016); MixOne Studios, Boston, MA (02/10/2016); Abdala 1,Havana, Cuba (11/09/2015); Bellas Artes Concert Hall, havana, CUba (11/09/2015); Dbega Studios, Havana, CUba (11/09/2015); MixOne Studios, Boston, MA (11/09/2015); Abdala 1,Havana, Cuba (11/09/2015-11/10/2015); Bellas Artes Concert Hall, havana, CUba (11/09/2015-11/10/2015); Dbega Studios, Havana, CUba (11/09/2015-11/10/2015); MixOne Studios, Boston, MA (11/09/2015-11/10/2015); Abdala 1,Havana, Cuba (11/09/2015/11/12/2015); Bellas Artes Concert Hall, havana, CUba (11/09/2015/11/12/2015); Dbega Studios, Havana, CUba (11/09/2015/11/12/2015); MixOne Studios, Boston, MA (11/09/2015/11/12/2015); Abdala 1,Havana, Cuba (11/11/2015); Bellas Artes Concert Hall, havana, CUba (11/11/2015); Dbega Studios, Havana, CUba (11/11/2015); MixOne Studios, Boston, MA (11/11/2015); Abdala 1,Havana, Cuba (11/12/2015); Bellas Artes Concert Hall, havana, CUba (11/12/2015); Dbega Studios, Havana, CUba (11/12/2015); MixOne Studios, Boston, MA (11/12/2015); Abdala 1,Havana, Cuba (11/13/2015); Bellas Artes Concert Hall, havana, CUba (11/13/2015); Dbega Studios, Havana, CUba (11/13/2015); MixOne Studios, Boston, MA (11/13/2015).

Director: Jeff LeRoy.



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