Album Remarks & Appraisals:
Alma is a collaboration between six-time GRAMMY®-nominated Cuban composer and pianist Omar Sosa and celebrated Italian trumpet and flugelhorn player Paolo Fresu, with guest cello contributions on four tracks by noted Brazilian conductor, arranger, producer and cellist Jaques Morelenbaum. The compositions are all written by Omar Sosa and Paolo Fresu, except for "Under African Skies", a version of the popular track from Paul Simon's Graceland. The music on Alma(soul) is generally melodic and medium-paced, except for a fiery version of Omar's composition "Angustia." Fresu's flugelhorn work is sweet and warm and the rich and playful musical connection between Fresu and Sosa is evident throughout the recording.
Personnel: Omar Sosa (vocals, piano, Fender Rhodes piano, percussion, sampler); Paolo Fresu (whistle, trumpet, flugelhorn, percussion); Jaques Morelenbaum (cello).
Audio Mixer: Stefano Amerio.
Recording information: Mosh Studios, Sao Paulo (05/23/2011-05/25/2011); Udine/ArteSuono Studio (05/23/2011-05/25/2011); Mosh Studios, Sao Paulo (08/23/2011); Udine/ArteSuono Studio (08/23/2011).
Photographer: Roberto Cifarelli.