"African Sunrise" by Omar Sosa
About the Album
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 Remix (OTA1016).
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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September 20, 2006