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Francisco Mela - Cirio: Live At The Blue Note (2008)

Artist: Francisco Mela
Title: Cirio: Live At The Blue Note
Year Of Release: 2008
Label: Half Note Records
Genre: Jazz / Neo-Bop / World
Quality: FLAC (tracks) / MP3
Total Time: 01:01:14
Total Size: 388 MB / 156 MB


1. Tierra and Fuego (9:38)
2. Channel 2 (7:43)
3. Cirio (9:43)
4. Maria (7:00)
5. Pequena Serenata de Urna (3:56)
6. Benes (8:21)
7. Urick Mela (8:11)
8. Afro Son (6:42)


Francisco Mela - drums, vocals;
Jason Moran - piano;
Larry Grenadier - bass;
Mark Turner - soprano sax;
Lionel Loueke - guitar, vocals.

Percussionist Francisco Mela's second CD as a leader is a compelling blend of many influences, mixing neo-bop, Cuban jazz, and South African jazz, with a fine cast in support that includes pianist Jason Moran, guitarist/vocalist Lionel Loueke, bassist Larry Grenadier (sideman with Brad Mehldau on a number of his CDs), and tenor saxophonist Mark Turner. Six of the eight compositions were penned by the leader. "Tierra and Fuego" is an intricate, adventurous melody with Mela's tense percussion lighting the fire under Turner's burning tenor. The furious pulse of "Channel 2" propels Turner's far-reaching solo, while the mysterious, somewhat eerie "Cirio" is dedicated to the leader's late father, who died shortly before the recording sessions. "Ulrick Mela" is named for Mela's newborn son, a joyful piece primarily focusing on Loueke's vocal and guitar. These enjoyable live performances show a lot of promise for Francisco Mela, as a drummer, composer, arranger, and bandleader. -- Ken Dryden

Francisco Mela - Cirio: Live At The Blue Note (2008)
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