CD Cirio: Live at the Blue Note * (CD 1331700), Audio Other
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Cirio: Live at the Blue Note *

  • 1. Tierra and Fuego
    2. Channel 2
    3. Cirio
    4. Maria
    5. Pequea Serenata de Urna
    6. Benes
    7. Urick Mela
    8. Afro Son
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 924536

  • Credits
    ProducerJeff Levenson; Jeff Levenson
    EngineerSteve Remote; Steve Remote

    Personnel: Francisco Mela (vocals, drums, drum); Lionel Loueke (vocals, guitar); Mark Turner (saxophone, tenor saxophone); Jason Moran (piano); Larry Grenadier (bass instrument).
    Audio Mixers: Jon D'Uva; Steven Remote.
    Liner Note Author: Jeff Levenson.
    Recording information: Blue Note, NY (09/04/2007/09/05/2007).
    Photographer: John Abbott .
    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

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (p.82) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] distinct African thread runs through all eight songs....'Tierro And Fuego' illustrates each of the players' signature strengths..."
    JazzTimes (p.90) - "Mela's Latin sources are more implied than overt, present in the punishing pulse and quick turns of phrase....CIRIO is a recording that yields new riches with each playing."
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