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Song for Chico

Arturo O'FarrillAudio CD
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Arturo O'FarrillArturo O'Farrill, winner of the Latin Jazz USA Outstanding Achievement Award for 2003, was born in Mexico and grew up in New York City. In 2002, Mr. O’Farrill and Wynton Marsalis created the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra for Jazz at Lincoln Center due in part to a large and very demanding body of substantial music in the genre of Latin and Afro Cuban Jazz that ... Read more in Amazon's Arturo O'Farrill Store

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  • Audio CD (April 8, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Zoho Music
  • ASIN: B0015NQBKY
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,319 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Caravan
2. Such Love
3. Picadillo
4. Song for Chico
5. Starry Nights
6. Cuban Blues
7. Humility
8. The Journey

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Approach Made Contemporary May 16, 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
By now, Arturo O'Farrill has his own following, not just those who are interested in the popular "guests" he has had on previous work. His piano range is wide, both in style and technique. This album showcases his arranging and leadership talent, as well. Anyone who enjoys the rhythms of Afro-Cuban music will appreciate the tight style of the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra that makes just listening without moving to the beat almost impossible. A deft mix of old and new tunes, including the title homage to his father, Chico, who was such a force in bring this music to the USA over half a century ago. The update on the classic "Caravan" makes a great start for the CD. Don't miss his "Picadillo", the best version since Cal Tjader's. Here's hoping that this proves the springboard for greater recognition and success.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning - truly stunning May 18, 2008
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I have a rather large "desert-island" collection of jazz CDs - but if I could only take one, it might be this one.

I heard the first track ("Caravan") on the radio one night, and immediately bought the CD. The song nearly blew my speakers out, the playing is so adventurous.

I'm not going to give any more details - just trust me, if you love jazz, you will surely love this absolute gem of a record. Although the sound is very different, this reminds me of listening to Cannonball (i.e., the big bold "knock-em dead" sound.)

I hope Mr. O'Farrill gets to read this review and your Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra have created something I'll be listening to for a long, long time. Five stars and the mere 17 dollars I paid, doesn't do enough justice, so all I can say to anyone reading this....BUY THIS CD!

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5.0 out of 5 stars An old DJ's observations May 3, 2009
By sam
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In an earlier life I was a "DJ" and acquired an appreciation for a variety of music forms. The intrigue of jazz stuck. This is a CD well worth the listen. The rendition of Caravan and Cuban Blues are the highlights from my perspective. The restraint of the trombones in Caravan is as controlled as I have ever heard it, and Cuban Blues is as pensive as one could imagine.

This talented musician wants to credit his genetics (Chico O'Farrill was genius in his own right), But I'll assert he has his own style and persuasion that is addictive, to say the least.

It is a no brainer to see how this CD was awarded a Grammy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Arturo O'Farrill Masterpiece March 13, 2013
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This musical genius is someone I only recently became aware of. I knew his father Chico's music but had no idea Arturo was also a musician and what a musician he is. In fact, I learned it was Arturo who took over his father's big band after his father passed. In any event, I was lucky to have caught Arturo' and his big band at Birdland last year and all I can say is I can't remember when I've been to a better performance. The band was absolutely fabulous and to be able to sit less than 10 feet away from them made the experience all the more enjoyable. This is a really excellent album and I recommend it highly. I also recommend you go see Arturo O'Farrill and company in person if you are an Afro-Latin music enthusiast. You will be throughly entertained. I guarantee it.
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