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  Исполнитель(и) :
   Sosa, Omar  (Marimba)
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  Наименование CD :
   Ceremony



Год издания : 2010

Компания звукозаписи : Ota Records

Музыкальный стиль : Jazz, Pop/Rock

Время звучания : 1:02:24

Код CD : WVF479042

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CD, стоящие на полке рядом : Pseudo Ethnic (Arabica)      

Of the many diverse and varied projects Omar Sosa has had the opportunity to explore, this is his first with a full-sized orchestra. For Ceremony, the more than capable NDR Bigband from Hamburg, Germany, backs Sosa in a program of original Afro-Cuban and world-based music. All of the compositions are Sosa's as arranged by Jaques Morelenbaum, who sits in on cello as well. There's a powerful dynamic between Sosa and the group, as he plays his primary instrument, the piano, and occasionally percussion, vibes, and notably the marimba. Selected soloists from NDR get spotlighted, but the instrumentalists concentrate on blending together, buoying Sosa's heady, organized music, cooking with Latin rhythms that always bubble and simmer, rarely boiling over. With the Santeria, Orishas, and Yoruba spirits in mind, the group creates powerful village-based tribal music, as in the bookended tracks "Llegada con Elegba" and "Salida con Elegba," driven by jazz flutes or swelling electronic shadings alongside violin tears, respectively. Romantically inclined, "Danzo'n de Tus Ojos" suggests the charanga style with delicate, swooning violin in a lighter vein, while the slowed, exotic "Carambaba'" sinks slow into the late-night air of a sweltering sky. In a complex arena, "Chango' en Esmeraldas" is Sosa's most ambitious piece, starting in typical 6/8 meter with constantly changing accents and punctuations within the rhythm, while "Yemaya en Agua Larga" has 4/4 to 6/8 beats cleverly informing the underground and overhead horns that seem to track each other's movements without exploiting or violating their contrasting color palettes. In the strictest of Latin subgenres, "Cha con Marimba" slices and dices the horns into variable accents and a lusty trombone solo from Dan Gottshall, with Sosa's wooden vibes in late, while "Monkuru'" takes angular, experimental bop jazz into a slinky, sly mood, swinging with spiky, sped-up accents. Whether tromping, stomping, dancing, prancing, or shouting out, the NDR band is more than up to the task of lifting the already high grade of Sosa's vision to the level of absolute, utter brilliance. Great music is in short supply, but for Omar Sosa, every recording he does makes it seem like child's play, and he's done it yet again with this fantastic album. It's another feather in his cap that is running out of room for hatband space, and like the others, comes highly recommended.

All Music Guide

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Ceremony is a major new project, the fruit of pianist-composer Omar Sosa's first big-band collaboration with composer-arranger-cellist Jaques Morelenbaum, Hamburg's 18-piece NDR Bigband (North German Radio / Norddeutscher Rundfunk), and the Omar Sosa Quartet, featuring Julio Barreto (drums, Cuba), Childo Tomas (electric bass, Mozambique), and Marcos Ilukбn (Afro-Cuban percussion, Cuba). Sosa himself plays piano and marimba.

Recorded in two sessions (2007 and 2008) at NDR's Hamburg studios, under the direction of Morelenbuam and Sosa, Ceremony features Morelenbaum's brilliant arrangements of selections from Omar's Spirit Of The Roots (1999), Bembуn (2000), and Afreecanos (2009) CDs-together with two new Sosa offerings, "Llegada Con Elegba" (the introductory track) and "Salida Con Elegba" (the closing piece).

Rooted in the Quartet's Afro-Cuban percussive traditions, Sosa's finely textured compositions enable Morelenbaum to summon forth a broad palette of sounds, fully mobilizing the NDR Bigband's sonic potential and its brilliant soloists, while leaving ample space for Sosa's own luminous improvisations.

Ceremony takes something of the structure of a sacred batб ceremony, invoking a panoply of Yoruba deities, while also delving into the Cuban son, danzуn, and cha-cha-cha. Reflecting Sosa's own spiritual grounding, Ceremony opens in sacramental veneration of Elegba, the divine messenger and guardian spirit, the all-powerful medium and diviner of human fate. "Changу En Esmeraldas" is an extended tribute to the deity of thunder and lightning, fire and moral retribution, and a reflection upon Sosa's musical sojourn in the Afro-Ecuadorian community of Esmeraldas. "Yemaya En Agua Larga" honors the great mother and goddess of the sea, the moon, creation, and female mystery. In keeping with Yoruba tradition, Ceremony exits with a final ritual salutation to Elegba.

Ceremony acknowledges the majesty of the legendary Afro-Cuban big bands of Frank "Machito" Grillo, Chico O'Farrill, and Dizzy Gillespie, while extending those revered traditions in a contemporary salute to the expansive universe of world jazz, wherein Sosa himself continues to reign as a joyous, generous, abundant, and essential creative spirit.

Ceremony grew out of a conversation with Hamburg producer Stefan Gerdes of NDR, who brokered the connection with Brazil's Morelenbaum, who is much sought after as an arranger, reflecting his signal work with Antonio Carlos Jobim, Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, Cesбria Evora, and Mariza, among many others.

The NDR Bigband is an ensemble of accomplished soloists whose talents have been highlighted through the work of such noted arrangers as Steve Gray, Colin Towns, and Michael Gibbs. Over the years, the NDR Bigband's artistic collaborations have comprised a virtual "Who's Who" of world jazz: including Chet Baker, Paquito D'Rivera, Pee Wee Ellis, Joe Gallardo, Lionel Hampton, Dave Holland, Abdullah Ibrahim, Pat Metheny, Joe Pass, Maria Schneider, Wayne Shorter, Oscar Brown, Jr., Al Jarreau, and Bobby McFerrin.

- Michael Stone


  Соисполнители :

Childo Tomas (Electric Bass)
Christof Lauer (Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone)
Claus Sto'tter (Trumpet)
Dan Gottschall (Trombone)
Fiete Felsch (Clarinet, Flute, Alt Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone)
Frank Delle (Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone)
Gunter Bollmann (Trombone)
Ingo Lahme (Trombone, Tuba)
Ingolf Burkhardt (Flugelhorn, Trumpet)
Jaques Morelenbaum (Cello)
Jon Welch (Trombone)
Julio Barreto (Drums)
Klaus Heidenreich (Trombone)
Lucas Lindholm (Bass)
Lutz Bu'chner (Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone)
Marcio Doctor (Percussion)
Marcos Ilukan (Drums, Conga)
Michael Spiro (Drums, Conga)
Peter Bolte (Flute, Alt Saxophone)
Reiner Winterschladen (Trumpet)
Roland Cabezas (Guitar)
Stefan Lottermann (Trombone)
Stephan Diez (Guitar)
Stephan Meinberg (Trumpet)
Thorsten Benkenstein (Trumpet)
Torsten Maas (Trumpet)


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   1 Llegada Con Elegba         0:03:06 Omar Sosa
   2 Chango' En Esmeraldas         0:06:19 -"-
   3 Danzo'n De Tus Ojos         0:07:31 -"-
   4 Yemaya En Agua Larga         0:06:38 -"-
   5 Luz En El Cielo         0:08:41 -"-
   6 Cha Con Marimba         0:05:43 -"-
   7 Mi Tradicio'n         0:06:28 -"-
   8 Carambaba'         0:07:54 -"-
   9 Monkuru'         0:07:08 -"-
   10 Salida Con Elegba         0:02:56 -"-

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