Abrazo : the Havanna sessions.
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||Warm winds in Havanna — quintets: percussion, woodwind
Recorded/performed at: Abdala 1, Havanna, Cuba, on 13 Nov 15.
|Margaret Brandman||Leonardo Jiménez, Yuniet Lombida Prieto, Aliet Gonzales, Javier Zalba, Andres Coayo||6 mins, 41 sec.|
Also includes: Hot Miama nights ; On an autumn day / Timothy Lee Miller -- Bugs & gas / Don Bowyer -- Jazz instrumental suite, Jazz vocal suite / Bunny Beck, (arr. Juan Manuel Ceruto) -- Alarcon madrigals, Book 3 / Roger Bourland -- Burlesque / John A. Carollo -- Coloring with water / Mel Mobley -- After the fall / Michael Murray.
For nearly 60 years, cultural and economic exchange between the United States and Cuba has been hindered and hobbled as a result of the U.S. embargo on trade and travel. Influence from each has seeped through to both sides, but only with the restoration of diplomatic connections between the two countries in December 2014 did it become possible for real cooperation to occur.
In November 2015, less than one year after these initial steps toward fully opening relations, PARMA Recordings produced the first of its recording projects in Havana. The resulting album, ABRAZO: THE HAVANA SESSIONS on the newly-minted Ansonica Records label, presents works for big band, small jazz combo, choir, and chamber ensembles by composers Bunny Beck, Roger Bourland, Donald Bowyer, Margaret Brandman, John Carollo, Timothy Miller, Mel Mobley, and Michael Murray performed by current or former members of the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba, the Buena Vista Social Club, Irakere, and many more.
Prelude: Havanna promenade -- Salida del sol (Sunrise) -- Danza del dia (Dance of the day) -- Ritmo de la noche (Rhythm of the night).
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