The best of Afro-Cuban music and chamber music

Maraca and his Latin Jazz All Stars - Reencuentros
Maraca and his Latin Jazz All Stars

Reencuentros, Live at the Grand Theater of Havana (Descaga SARL, 2011)

The grand maestro of the Cuban flute, Orlando Valle “Maraca” has released this double live set titled Reencuentros, which includes an audio CD and a DVD. Reencuentros features Maraca and his Latin Jazz All Stars, an ensemble of some of Latin jazz’s finest musicians, along with the renowned Orquesta de Cámara de La Habana.

On this live recording made at the Grand Theater of Havana, Maraca explores the connections between Afro-Cuban and classical music, including traditional Cuban ballroom dances like danzón and African rooted pieces such as ‘Camerata en guaguanco,’ ‘Afro’ and ‘Noche de batá.’ Most of the tracks are original pieces by Maraca, demonstrating that he is not only a masterful musician, but also a highly reputable composer.

The artists on the album include the dream band of Giovanni Hidalgo on congas, David Sánchez on tenor sax, Horacio “El Negro” Hernández on drums, Harold Lopez-Nussa on piano, Hugh Fraser on trombone, Julio Padrón on trumpet, Feliciano Arango on bass, Yusef Diaz on keyboards, as well as Japanese violinist Sayaka.

The CD contains 7 tracks while the accompanying DVD shows video versions of the same pieces with a few extras.

Reencuentros, Live at the Grand Theater of Havana is a landmark live audio and video set that combines the best of Afro-Cuban music and chamber music.

The CD/DVD is available from cdbaby.

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Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. He was also the executive producer of the first Latino feature film made in North Carolina titled “Los sueños de Angélica.”.

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