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Claus Ogerman/Danilo Pérez: Across the Crystal Sea *

Track List

>Across the Crystal Sea
>Rays and Shadows
>Lazy Afternoon
>Purple Condor, The
>If I Forget You
>(All of a Sudden) My Heart Sings
>Saga of Rita Joe, The
>Another Autumn

Album Reviews:

JazzTimes (p.69) - "Mellow, inviting and at times highly affecting, it's an ideal late-night album."

Global Rhythm (Publication) (p.48) - "[A] welcome surprise emerges in the beautifully played 'Another Autumn,' which features the nuanced drumming of Luis Quintero....This is a subtly majestic outing that surpasses the sum of its very impressive parts."

Album Notes

Claus Ogerman/Danilo Pérez: Danilo Pérez (piano); Cassandra Wilson (vocals); Christian McBride (bass instrument); Lewis Nash (drums, drum); Luis Quintero (percussion).

Audio Mixer: Al Schmitt.

Liner Note Author: Tommy LiPuma.

Recording information: Avatar Studios, New York, NY (09/29/2007-10/20/2007); Capitol studios, Los Angeles, CA (09/29/2007-10/20/2007).

Editor: Brian Montgomery.

Arranger: Claus Ogerman.

Latin jazz pianist Danilo Perez outfits himself with strings on 2008's ACROSS THE CRYSTAL SEA. Arranger Claus Ogerman pens most of the album's tunes, and his charts and compositions create a rich framework for the improvisations of Perez and the other players, including bassist Christian McBride and drummer Lewis Hash in addition to vocalist Cassandra Wilson, whose performances on "Lazy Afternoon" and "(All of a Sudden) My Heart Sings" make for two of the album's highlights. Those expecting a straightforward Latin jazz outing may be surprised by the lyrical sweep of ACROSS THE CRYSTAL SEA.


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