O'farrill, Arturo / Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra / Offense Of The Drum, The
Album: Offense Of The Drum, The   Collection:Jazz
Artist:O'farrill, Arturo / Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra   Added:May 2014
Label:Motema Music  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2014-05-16 Pull Date: 2014-07-18 Charts: Jazz
Week Ending: Jun 15 Jun 8 Jun 1 May 25 May 18
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Recent Airplay
1. Jun 19, 2014: Rebop
Alma Vacía
4. Jun 12, 2014: Box of Chocolates (Another Sub)
The Mad Hatter
2. Jun 13, 2014: No Cover, No Minimum
Cuarto De Colores
5. Jun 09, 2014: Pumping Iron: A Retrospective
They Came
3. Jun 12, 2014: Global Warming
Iko Iko
6. Jun 07, 2014: Box of Chocolates (Sub)
They Came

Album Review
Fo
Reviewed 2014-05-18
ARTURO O’FARRILL & THE A.L.J.O.: Offense of the Drum
Motéma, 2014

LATIN JAZZ – A unique set of modern Latin jazz from the 18-piece Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, blending in percussion instruments from all over the planet (the overarching theme here is drums as a unifying force). #1 is led by a harp (and it jams!). #2 brings in turntables and spoken-word poetry. #6 has ultra-modernist Vijay Iyer on piano. #7 has a taiko drummer… See what I mean? Unique. And excellent. Play it.

Fo’s Picks: 1, 2, 6, 7, 9

1. 9:13 – harp starts a hard groove; gliding trumpet solo, then harp jabs away
2. 7:27 – a history of Puerto Ricans in the US: political spoken word, DJ Logic on turntables, rhythms from bomba to salsa to reggaeton. Damn!
3. 9:46 – orchestral swirl, then a romp across jazz history, ragtime, and latin
4. 6:56 – heavy march based on Colombian music, with Ellingtonian touches
5. 6:29 – dramatic intro, slow moaning Flamenco vocal & accordion, exotic sax
6. 8:27 – modern: relaxed tempo, complex layers, great piano & trumpet work
7. 11:41 – starts as a lament, changes to a percussion-driven stroll with strong sax, then hot drums spar with the horns in the uptempo second half
8. 6:22 – smoldering, danceable piece: a more standard latin big-band sound
9. 7:02 – strutting “Iko Iko” opens up in middle; jolly Donald Harrison vocal/sax

[ Fo ] - 18 May 2014

Track Listing
1. Cuarto De Colores   5. Gnossienne 3 (Tientos)
2. They Came   6. The Mad Hatter
3. On The Corner Of Malecón And Bourbon   7. The Offense Of The Drum
4. Mercado En Domingo   8. Alma Vacía
  9. Iko Iko