Bobby Sanabria's Big Band: Multiverse JH 1193
Once I recently featured three present works from big bands, I was known as to task for devoid of included one or more Latin big musical organization. Really definitely that has been maybe not by design as there are numerous Afro-Cuban and Latin depending groups that deserve mention therefore let me reveal one that clearly deserves to be contained in the blend.
Whenever you look at the cover of Multiverse, modern album from Bobby Sanabria's Big Band, you're confronted by the severe stare of the frontrunner. Doffed in a black colored hat, a graying soul spot and dark shaded glasses that provide reflections of remote galaxies mirrored on the surface of their lenses, obviously this self-proclaimed Nuyorican is looking in to the universe for determination. Mr. Sanabria's universe is needless to say significantly more down to earth, it will be the universe of variety, the universality of songs with its many different and ethically impacted types that that have made him the musician he's today. As a quote from lining notes extracted from Nobel Prize-winning poet Octavio Paz states, "Every view of the world that becomes extinct, every tradition that vanishes, diminishes a possibility of life." Its this sentiment that infuses Mr. Sanabria's music and his mission. The Multiverse Big Band is a full time income, breathing organism that embodies the cross-genre variety that Mr. Sanabria has arrived to portray.
As a jazz musician and a courageous proponent of the Afro-Cuban/Latin Jazz traditions nobody has-been an even more constant and enthusiastic spokesman for rallying even more wide-spread recognition associated with Latin jazz idiom. It absolutely was Mr. Sanabria's vocal and ardent petitioning of NARAS (the ruling body for Grammy Awards), that assisted to re-instate a Grammy prize inside group of Latin Jazz, after it turned out summarily removed as a viable category for consideration.
On Mulitverse we discover a robust, well-orchestrated set of artists playing music which range from the cinematic towards the sublime. The music is unified by a clave driven rhythm part, but real to its universal theme it includes aspects of Latin party, directly forward jazz, modern-day big musical organization plans plus funk and rap.
A case in point could be the introductory piece from Don Ellis's motif to the motion picture The French Connection, driven by its hard, clave-centered rhythm part and pulsing metal choruses, Sanabria and business bring this cigarette smoker to a cinematic orgasm worthy of the film. The utilization of an oddly futuristic sounding electric baritone solo by Danny Rivera is countered by the soaring plunger trumpet screams of Shareef Clayton before a blistering tenor solamente by Jeff Lederer is fulfilled using the Australian bush noises for the didgeridoo as played by Chris Washburne. It is like Mr. Sanabria has established a masterful amalgam of noises that cross all obstacles of time and space.
"Cachita" is a smooth modern arrangement by Jeremy Fletcher of this Rafael Hernadez piece. It is rhumba-like feel incorporates the party rhythms of Latin music with tight area arrangements, some boisterous telephone call and reaction from Hiram "El Pavo" Remon and saxophone solos of note from John Beaty on alto and Lederer on tenor. The song ends up with a clave-driven bass solo by Leo Traversa.
Fletcher comes back together with his own contemporary structure "Jump Shot" having its cha-cha rhythm and its particular swirling part work. Solos by Washburne on bass trombone and Lederer on tenor add pleasure. Since the title indicates, Sananbria and organizations' deft utilization of percussive accents makes this 1 leap.
Just as if the planet required another type of "Over the Rainbow, " arranger Andrew Neesley find a way to inhale new way life into this classic The band aids vocalist Charnee Wade's incredibly slight explanation of the timeless E.Y. Harburg lyrics. The musical organization plays with warm sensitiveness over Wade's beguiling sound.Time to go house Toto.
The funky Chris Washburne tune "Wordsworth Ho" has a totally free experience to it with boisterous choruses and angular changes in rhythmic course that's quite modern with its approach. As constantly in Mr. Sanabria's groups, soloists receive just enough space in order to make a succinct point without getting a distraction to the whole device.
Various other key options from this marvelous record feature a Jeff Lederer's arrangement of Wayne smaller's "Speak No bad" using its powerful sectional chorus work and a fine solo by Peter Branin on tenor. Understanding that there are no boundaries in songs, the tune makes use of a timely rap by Los Angeles Bruja with a backing singing chorus through the band, making this perhaps one of the most cross-generational tracks regarding the record album.
Possibly the many bold piece is Michael Philip Mossman's arrangement of this spectacular medley of Ellingtonia titled "Afro-Cuban Jazz Suite for Ellington." The suite effortlessly includes components from "black-and-tan Fantasy" and "Satin Doll" among others plus it does so with breezy facility that means it is look easy. David DeJesus's alto solo on "i acquired It Bad It Aint Good" is heartfelt. The musical organization swings on "It do not indicate something (If It Aint Got That Swing)" with a slurred trombone solo by John Beaty and a rousing Latin chorus section of the theme resulting in a trio of gutsy trumpet solos. A brief sampling of "Body And Soul" comes to an end this one in the coda with a flurry of bongos, congas and a stirring drum solo thanks to Mr.Sanabria.
The finale is "The Chicken/From Havana to Harlem-100 years of Mario Bauza" which can be an event of Mr. Sanabria's mentor, the trumpet-playing bandleader Mario Bauza. The arrangement associated with the horn sections have a "Tower of energy" ala "Brecker Brothers" feel to it as you section plays melody among others pulse powerfully behind. A rousing Maceo Parker inspired soul/funk tenor solamente by Norbert Stachel is featured and holds the feel for this one completely. The tune contributes to a rap by La Bruja, with speaks of this beginnings of the songs, a brief Bauza bio plus some musical history of the Afro-Cuban music knowledge.
For folks who love the energy plus the synchronicity of eighteen artists playing together as you Multiverse is the one hard driving band that deserves even more attention. The record album had been Grammy nominated additionally the musical organization are going to be playing at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola Dec 19th-22nd so if you're in nyc the holiday breaks this can be a not to be missed.
Personnel: Bobby Sanabria, leader, arranger, percussion, xylophone and drums; Christian Rivera congas, background vocals, Obanilu Allende, bongo/cenerro; Mathew Gonzalez, bongo, cencerro; Hiram "El Pavo" Remon, lead vocal, background vocals; Enrique Haneine, piano; Leo Traversa, bass and history vocals; Trumpets: Kevin Bryan, Shareef Clayton; Jonathan Barnes and Andrew Neesley; Saxophones: David DeJesus, Peter Branin; Norbert Stachel; Jeff Lederer, Danny Rivera.
Trombones; Dave Miller, Tim Sessions, Joe Beaty, Chris Washburne. Charnee Wade Vocal, Los Angeles Bruj:Spoken word/rap. Additional Background Vocals: Gene Jeffereson, Mary Gatchell and Georgia Schmidt. Boma Yuba Section: Ernesto Lucar and Gene Marlow.