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O’Farrill is a magnificent player … sharp, splashy, and driving. —New York Times

Arturo O'Farrill - 40 Acres and a Burro

Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra -][- 40 ACRES and A BURRO – [Zoho Music, 2011]

Grammy winner O’Farrill presents his orchestra in two exciting originals and nine standouts that define contemporary Latin big band jazz. Features legendary clarinetist & Grammy winner Paquito D Rivera!

Internationally renowned pianist, composer, arranger, and bandleader Arturo O’Farrill has been at the vanguard of forward-thinking Latin jazz for several decades.

Since its founding in 2003, the ALJO has become the world s leading Latin jazz big band, with a vast repertory spanning the genre s Afro-Cuban classics and dozens of new works especially commissioned by the ALJO and premiered on their CD recordings. Achieving a Grammy nomination for its first (non-ZOHO) release in 2006, the ALJO won the Grammy in the Latin Jazz category for ZOHO release Song for Chico in 2009.

CD title and closing track 40 Acres and a Burro is a historic allusion to the Civil War practice of providing farmland to slaves who became free men after Union armies occupied areas of the Confederacy in 1865. It is also an ironic reference to the ALJO’s separation from its founding organization at New York s Lincoln Center and its subsequent rebirth as an independent nonprofit corporation with annual residencies at Symphony Space on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. —Amazon.com

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