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  • An MVD Exclusive
  • Format: CD
  • SKU: ZM202002
  • UPC: 880956200224
  • Street Date: 04/10/20
  • PreBook Date: 03/06/20
  • Label: Zoho »
  • Genre: Jazz
  • Run Time: 63 mins
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Year of Production: 2020
  • Box Lot: 30
  • Territory: WORLD
  • Language: English

 

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Arturo O' Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra - Four Questions

4 time Grammy winner Arturo O'Farrill nominated for BEST LATIN JAZZ ALBUM & BEST INSTRUMENTAL COMPOSITION for Baby Jack

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What does integrity do in the face of adversity / oppression? What does honesty do in the face of lies / deception? What does decency do in the face of insult? How does virtue meet brute force? These four questions posed by the great African American civil rights activist and author W. E. B. Du Bois in his 1903 book The Souls of Black Folk are expounded upon in a speech given by Dr. Cornel West based on his book, Black Prophetic Fire, given October 9, 2014 at Town Hall in Seattle. That speech turned my life around and Dr. West has become a giant figure in my thinking.

Without a doubt, he is a controversial figure and many within his own intelligentsia community have attacked him for a variety of reasons. I have learned from firsthand experience that if you are under attack (especially by your own) it could be because standing strong for what you believe will threaten others in their complacency. Regardless of your stance on Dr. West, he holds our feet to the fire and demands that we deal with the social and political horrors of our day. Say what you will, he is a modern-day prophet and prophets throughout the ages are attacked for calling it like it is.

Watching Dr. West speak is one of the sublime musical experiences of my life. His oratory has the weight of a John Coltrane solo. His rhythmic delivery has the tumbao of Mongo Santamaria. The humor with which he injects his very serious messages floats like Charlie Parker in flight and, oh, most sacred of all, when he gets deliberate, each word has the authenticity and Afrocentricity of Thelonious Monk's right hand.

Upon seeing him in a debate at Riverside Church in New York, I knew I must write a concerto for his delivery of W. E. B. Du Bois' questions, and I pursued this goal relentlessly. Dr. West is a giant of a human being and graciously agreed to be the subject of what has become an extensive project.

Arturo O'Farrill

Track Listing

  • Baby Jack
  • Jazz Twins
  • Four Questions
  • Clump, Unclump
  • A Still, Small Voice - I Elijah-1 Kings 19: 13
  • A Still, Small Voice - II Amidst the Fire and Whirlwind
  • A Still, Small Voice - III Cacophonus
  • A Still, Small Voice - IV A Still, Small Voice

Press Quotes

An industrious pianist, bandleader and organizer, Arturo O'Farrill comes by his vocation by way of family tradition: His father, Chico O'Farrill, led an influential Latin jazz big band in the mid-to-late 20th century, and Arturo has passed along the trade to two musician sons. In his own music, O'Farrill has never stopped rolling forward while also keeping faith with the fundamentals of Afro-Caribbean folkloric music. On its surface, 'Baby Jack' is a sharply contemporary piece, but at moments the rhythmic tumble of rumba creeps in from below; elsewhere, the harmonies of the horns make a subtle nod to the romantic tradition of Cuban danzón.

     —RUSSONELLO, The New York Times April 10, 2020

...Hard hitting listening jazz that demands your attention.

     —Chris Spector, http://midwestrecord.com/MWRBlog.html

  

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