A bite from the apple.

Author:Sola, Vicki
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One of the most spectacular recordings I've heard to date is Kenya Revisited Live!, with Bobby Sanabria conducting the Manhattan School of Music Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra, and featuring Candido Camero. The production, recorded live, in concert, presents new arrangements of Kenya, originally recorded by Machito & the Afro-Cubans, under the musical direction of Mario Bauza, over a half-century ago. When Sanabria visited my radio station, my listeners and I were floored by the fact that, with the exception of Sanabria and Camero--the latter now eighty-eight years old, a living legend who participated in the original recording--all of the other players are students from the Manhattan School of Music's Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra. On Sanabria's new version Frenzy, Congo Mulence, Kenya, Holiday, and Blues a La Machito are arranged by Joe Fiedler; Oyeme and Minor Rama by Danny Rivera; Canonology, Conversation, and Tururato (the latter, acccording to Sanabria, one of Bauza's favorite slang expressions, meaning "dizziness" or "unsettled feeling") by Andrew Neesley; Wild Jungle by Michael Phillip Mossman, and Tin Tin Deo, arranged by Fiedler and Sanabria. Theme and Variations on Tin Tin Deo was composed by pianist Christian Sylvester Sands. The stunning and dynamic CD of classics performed by members of a new generation is dedicated to the memory of Machito and Mario Bauza, and to the last surviving members who participated on their recording--Camero, Ray Santos, Pedro "Pouchie" Boulong, Santo "Sonny" Russo, and Eddie Bert. Says Sanabria, "You'll hear a new generation of players tackle this incredible music as it is re-worked with new, progressive arrangements that reflect the current state of jazz virtuosity. Rejoice as the torch is passed to these young fire breathing dragons who have dedicated their lives to America's greatest art form, jazz, and the branch of that art form that represents all of the Americas, Latin jazz." Sanabria informed me about an upcoming special, not to be missed... "Latin Music USA" premieres October 12th and 19th on PBS. The four-hour documentary, narrated by actor Jimmy Smits, traces the profound influence--deeper than most people, Hispanics and non-Hispanics alike, realize--that Latin music has had on American musical forms like rock, R&B, country, and jazz. The program also airs on Hispanic TV network V-me. Additional info is available at link pbs.org/wgbh/latinmusicusa.

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