Omar Sosa has released a number of live, solo piano recordings and a
number of live, piano-percussion duo recordings over the years.
With Live at FIP, Omar offers his first live, ensemble CD,
featuring a quintet comprised of bass, drums, percussion and
saxophone. Recorded at Radio France in Paris in front of an
appreciative live, studio audience, Live at FIP offers new
interpretations of many of the compositions from Mr. Sosa's 2006
Grammy nominated CD, Mulatos, as well as a number of new
pieces. FIP is an acronym for France Inter Paris, part of the Radio
France broadcasting network.
Joining Mr. Sosa for the May 12, 2005 date and recording together
for the first time are regular Sosa collaborators (the late) Ang Daz
(Cuba) on percussion, Childo Tomas (Mozambique) on electric bass and
Luis Depestre (Cuba) on saxophones. Completing the ensemble is
Paris-based drummer Steve Argelles (UK), who produced the award-
winning Mulatos (OTA1014) and the follow-up Mulatos
Compositions from Mulatos include "Nuevo Manto" and "Dos
Caminos," as well as the sweetly lilting "Iyawo," and the haunting
"El Consenso." New material includes "Mtisse" and "Paralelo," both
part of Mr. Sosas recent touring repertoire, and "African Sunrise,"
featuring Childo Tomas' African vocals and mbira (sometimes known as
a thumb piano). Closing the recording is a rousing version of one of
Mr. Sosas signature encores, "Muevete En D," featuring Ang Daz on
cajon (a wooden box drum).
Percussionist Ang Daz is renowned for his contributions with
influential Cuban artists, Irakere, the Afro-Cuban All Stars, Rubn
Gonzlez and Cachato Lpez, as well as acclaimed U.S. trumpeter, Roy
Hargrove. On Live at FIP, we are treated to Angs artistry on
congas, cajon and bongo. Childo Tomas recently made his U.S.
performing debut, joining Mr. Sosa for shows at Yoshis in Oakland
and the new Arturo Sandoval Jazz Club in Miami.
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