Manhattan School of Music Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra - ¡Qué Viva Harlem!

Manhattan School of Music Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra - ¡Qué Viva Harlem!

Pieces on this CD like “Mambo Inferno” and “Feeding The Chickens” display the power of Cuban mambo and son montuno fused with jazz arranging techniques that are hallmarks of Marios’s vision. Puerto Rican Juan Tizol’s “Moon Over Cuba” represents the elegant ballroom bolero rumba so prevalent in the 1930’s. Duke Ellington’s “Oclupaca” and Clarence and Spencer William “Royal Garden Blues” display the majesty of the blues framed by the rhythms of Afro-son and cha-cha-cha, while effortlessly switching to swing and back, while Billy Strayhorn’s “Blood Count” gets a haunting bolero treatment. The world premieres of “Let There Be Swing” and the multi-movement “¡Qué Viva Harlem! Suite” display the virtuosity passion, and intensity of these young lions performing the music that best represents all of the Americas--Latin jazz--born in Harlem U.S.A.

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