The Sweet Bird Sang is once again feeling jazzy. Let me introduce you to Fusion Beat's album Against all odds! On the sax, Jorge Malave! On the trumpet Jochy Rodriguez! On the piano Tony Castillo! On the bass Marco Bojorquez! And Dimas Sanchez on drums and percussion! In addition, James Navan plays the piano on the track There is no way out and Omar Perdomo joins on the percussion on the track Bufandula. Now let the show begin...
Pressing play, one is immediately drawn into a magic word of jazz, funk and world music. The album includes both originals and jazz standards. Two of the compositions use the classical Afro-Puerto Rican rhythm known as plena. The first composition "Big Chief" is a very well know New Orleans standard made famous by Professor Longhair and Dr John. The classical rhythm of the New Orleans classic is present but mixed with plena, which is used in the carnaval of Puerto Rico. "Plenamente" is an original composition by Fusion Beat trumpet player Jochy Rodriguez who aso composed "Hanging In" using a mix of straight ahead Jazz and the Bomba style sicá from Puerto Rico. "There's No Way Out" is a gorgeous melody written by the sax player of the group Jorge Malave. He also composed "Bufandula" which is a very modern sounding Latin jazz. Finally "Story Ave" is a composition by pianist Tony Castillo, which is a beautiful melody with Brazilian influences.
So if you're feeling jazzy (and latin and funky) too you can buy the album here .