A collaboration made in heaven! In Paquito & Manzanero, Paquito D’Rivera plays (and pays tribute to) the music of Armando Manzanero. Bolero meets Jazz on this wonderful project where D’Rivera and Manzanero, two of the most beloved Latin American artists, get together to celebrate the power of love and the uplifting spirit of music.
Paquito & Manzanero gets released on the highest point of both artists’ musical careers. Both have received multiple awards, honours and international prizes. Paquito D’Rivera has just won another Latin Grammy Award for his magnificent album Jazz Meets The Classics. Just last November Armando Manzanero received the OAS (Organization of American States) Cultural Heritage of the Americas Award. This is the third time that the OAS grants this prize, which recognizes the influence of Armando Manzanero on Latin American Music throughout his career, and acknowledge him as one of the greatest living singer-songwriters, composers and musical producers.
* Paquito & Manzanero – Liner Notes
Jazz has a long history of interpreting music from the American songbook. Latin America has just as lofty a collection; many of these compositions were written by the tremendous Mexican composer Armando Manzanero.
Manzanero’s legacy is well established. He has received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for his work as a singer and composer. Born in Mexico in 1935, Manzanero found success in music early on, from the first song he wrote, at age 15, “Nunca en el Mundo,” which remains a standard. His career blossomed and his wonderful compositions have been performed by a broad array of artists, including Elvis Presley, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra and Christina Aguilera.
For his latest recording, Paquito & Manzanero, the great woodwind master Paquito D’Rivera illuminates the incredible work of Manzanero in Paquito’s favored idiom, Latin jazz. Along with his fantastic ensemble, featuring members like trumpeter Diego Urcola, drummer Antonio Sanchez and Manzanero himself, on vocals. D’Rivera shows why Manzanero has been celebrated across the globe.
D’Rivera is no stranger to the many diverse styles of Latin music and is happy to incorporate many of them in his projects. Manzanero’s beloved compositions lend themselves well to these new formats, in beautiful arrangments by Alex Brown and Diego Urcola. From tango to Venezuelan waltz to straight bebop, the music on Paquito & Manzanero highlights the adaptability of these fantastic melodies to any musical style. Bill Evans even performed his own arrangement of “Esta Tarde Vi Llover,” which he called “Yesterday I Heard The Rain,” here rearranged by Alex Brown.
The recording is a special collaboration. Even more so, as Manzanero was on hand to supervise the arrangements and lend his vocals.
* Paquito & Manzanero – Credits: Track List and Personnel
1. Amanecer; 2. Esta Tarde Vi Llover; 3. Voy A Apagar La Luz; 4. Llevatela; 5. Contigo Aprendi; 6. Somos Novios; 7. Por Debajo De La Mesa; 8. Mia; 9. Te Extraño; 10. Parece Que Fue Ayer.
Paquito D’Rivera – alto, soprano sax, clarinet and tárogató
Diego Urcola – trumpet, flugelhorn and valve trombone
Alex Brown – piano
Carlos Henriquez – double bass
Antonio Sánchez – drums
Ariel Lude – bandoneon
Armando Manzanero – vocals
*Source: Sunnyside Records
Bobby Sanabria MULTIVERSE Big Band to release new recording: “Vox Humana”
Celebrating 25 years! The multi-Grammy nominated Bobby Sanabria MULTIVERSE Big Band is set to release their new recording: “Vox Humana” featuring vocalists Janis Siegel, Antoinette Montague, Jennifer Jade Ledesna.
Recorded Live at Dizzy’s Club Cola in NYC
Release Date: Spring 2023
Record Label: Jazzheads
New York – January 18th – On the heels of their Grammy nominated and 2019 Jazz Journalists Association Album of the Year Award winning critically acclaimed masterwork, West Side Story Reimagined, and in celebration of their 25th anniversary – drummer, percussionist, composer, arranger, bandleader, educator, Bobby Sanabria and his Multiverse Big Band return with their most ambitious work to date, VOX HUMANA.
Bobby states, “Over the course of our many Grammy nominated albums we’ve occasionally featured tracks with vocals. But I’ve always envisioned doing an entire vocal album framed by the Multiverse Big Band. Now with three of today’s greatest contemporary singing talents – multi-Grammy award winner Janis Siegel from the Manhattan Transfer, blues and jazz Queen Antoinette Montague, and the multilingual powerhouse, Jennifer Jade Ledesna, today that vision has finally become a reality.
The individually distinct voices that Janis, Antoinette, and Jennifer possess make them each unique. But the X factor they all have is they are all masterful improvisors in the best sense of the jazz tradition. Added to the mix is our great conguero, Oreste Abrantes, who also sings lead on two tracks. Having that multi- dimensional vocal talent framed by the power, nuance, and tonal variety that only a big band can provide, combined with the repertoire I’ve chosen to showcase them and the band and the incredible variety of Afro- Latin, straight ahead swing, funk, R&B, and rock rhythmic vocabulary that we are masters of and readily have at our disposal in the Multiverse, I believe VOX HUMANA will prove to be our greatest achievement.
That repertoire has a personal meaning to me as I see VOX HUMANA as a biographical work. I’m a product of my environment. I’m a Nuyorican, a person of Puerto Rican descent growing up in New York City. In my case the South Bronx during a time period when pop, jazz, R&B, rock, funk, and Latin music of all kinds all co-existed as equals. It was the last era when the big bands of masters like Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Buddy Rich, Machito, Tito Puente, Tito Rodriguez, Don Ellis, and more were in the public eye, and they became my heroes. Vocalists who could deliver a message with subtlety, nuance, and when needed, power, were called upon to deliver poetry crafted by genius song writers. You’ll hear all that and more through the soaring vocals and improv talents of Janis, Antoinette, and Jennifer, along with Oreste, as well as the incredible jazz-oriented arrangements and exciting Pan Afro-Latin rhythms played by a big band that literally takes no prisoners when it hits the stage.”
The repertoire Bobby speaks of includes 1 original and 12 unique re-workings of pop hits like Spooky, Christine Aguilera’s Genie In a Bottle, and Steely Dan’s Do It Again; NEA Jazz Master Eddie Palmieri’s, Mi Congo and Puerto Rico along with the island’s greatest composer, Rafael Hernandez’s, Capullito De Aleli; the classic Joe Cuba R&B bolero, To Be With You; Brazilian standards Partido Alto and Amazonas; and from the world of Broadway theater, I Love You Porgy, and the iconic jump blues, Let The Good Times Roll. The CD also includes an original message bearing piece, Who Taught You That, as well as what may possibly be the most exciting interpretation of the Ellington associated classic, Caravan, and that has ever been recorded.
Adding to the excitement of the performance, VOX HUMANA was recorded in front of a live audience. Bobby states, “As with our previous work, we recorded VOX HUMANA live at NYC’s Dizzy’s Club Coca – Cola. My musicians represent NYC’s finest. That means they’re the greatest in the world. The added level of excitement created by the audience inspired us in the MULTIVERSE Big Band to a heightened new level of performance virtuosity that listeners will hear explode out of the speakers just as the audience at Dizzy’s experienced in person.”
The history of the Bobby Sanabria MULTIVERSE Big Band is indeed one based on his rich multi-cultural heritage as a Nuyorican growing up in New York City’s South Bronx. His concept of having a big band that has no genre boundaries with limitless possibilities was forged 25 years ago back in 1998. It has yielded a series of groundbreaking, critically acclaimed albums that have all been Grammy-nominated with the band thrilling audiences worldwide at venues like the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, The Ravinia Festival, Verona Jazz Festival in Europe, and more.
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