Saturday, March 18, 2017

USA; Oscar Hernandez & Alma Libre -Art of Latin Jazz (Origin Records 2017)

Now in the middle of a towering career as founder & leader of the Spanish Harlem Orchestra, musical director for Rubén Blades, and pianist, arranger and producer for some of the biggest names in Contemporary Latin music, three-time Grammy Winner Oscar Hernández takes a moment for himself and his working quintet with his new recording, 'The Art of Latin Jazz. ' Pulling from several lifetimes worth of musical experiences, Hernandez penned ten originals to perform with his Los Angeles-based ensemble, featuring the legendary saxophonist Justo Almario and special guest, San Diego trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos, along with drummer Jimmy Branly, bassist Jorge 'Sawa' Perez, and percussionist Christian Moraga.