Music of the Americas Ensemble
The Pan-American Music of the Americas Ensemble, led by pianist/composer Frank Ferrucci, was one of the prominent Latin/Brazilian Jazz Groups on the New York City Music Scene in the late 1980s and 1990s. To celebrate Frank's music and the 2009 re-birth of the Music of the Americas Ensemble, Baioca Records has released a 13 track CD of never released sessions of this notable group. Frank Ferrucci's broad compositional palate has long been a focus for New York's most acclaimed Latin and Brazilian leaning jazz players. He has an almost Ellingtonian ability to incorporate the strengths of his soloists into rich, flexible structures that allow them to step out of ensemble to wail. And so he attracted to these recordings the very best: Claudio Roditi (trumpet), Mario Rivera (tenor sax and flute), Dick Oatts (alto sax), Conrad Herwig (trombone), Rolando Briseño (alto and soprano saxes, flute), Bernard Purdie, Richie Morales, Kim Plainfield, and Phoenix Rivera (drums), Lincoln Goines and Frank Gravis (bass), Romero Lubambo (guitar), Daniel Ponce, Joe Gonzales and Isidro Bobadilla (Congas), Cyro Baptista, Freddy Diaz, Endel Dueño (percussion), Rudy Colzado (vocals), and Dan Carter and Paul Wegman (guitar). Ferrucci's own piano never fails to match the caliber of his musicians bar for bar. At the Bottom Line, the Blue Note, S.O.B.'s, Seventh Avenue South and throughout Europe, Ferrucci has garnered rave reviews, for pieces that were both complex yet swinging, intelligent yet seductively accessible. After nine years with Gato Barbieri, and a host of acclaimed sessions and concerts, Frank Ferrucci has stepped out once again into his own deserved spotlight with material for another sizzling album. His recently re-released first, 'Jewel Eyes' (Baioca Records, 2009) is an exciting and mature work released to excellent notice. In sessions yielding over 70 minutes of music, Music of the Americas Ensemble shows even greater growth, vitality and realization. Here's what the reviewers have said about Frank's music: 'Frank Ferrucci has assembled a pan-American jazz band, leading musicians from Brazil, Cuba, the Dominican Republic and the United States through ''Music of the Americas'' - compositions that fuse the advanced harmonies of 1960's jazz with an array of tropical rhythms. By turns, the music evokes salsa, Brazilian pop and Weather Report.' New York Times 'This is a band with a concept that comes out of Dizzy Gillespie's 1940s collaboration with the late Chano Pozo' Washington Post '...combining Latin, Jazz and Folk elements into a rhythmically infectious sound' CODA Magazine.
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