Archive for February 15th, 2011

The O’Farrill Brothers – Giant Peach

The idea that talent runs in the family isn’t lost on the O’Farrills. Adam and Zack represent the third generation of a Latin Jazz, following the path blazed by their grandfather, Chico O’Farrill, and father, Arturo O’Farrill.

With Adam on trumpet and Zack on drums, the brothers lead a small ensemble for their debut, Giant Peach (Zoho Records, 2011). In addition to their family influences, the O’Farrills have honed their skills with such artists as Stefon Harris and James Moody. They’ve also performed at a variety of venues, such as New York City’s Birdland Jazz Club, The Kitano and Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola.

Michael Sacks’ acoustic bass kicks off “Face It!,” composed by tenor saxophonist Livio Almeida. The tenor and Adam’s trumpet blend for the melody of this lively, cruising down the highway tune. The highlight is Almeida’s middle solo, a thrilling afternoon jaunt, fueled by Sacks and Zach O’Farrill. Things mellow a bit but keep moving when Adam takes over. Throughout, this song gives a sense of going no place in particular, but having a heck of a good time on the way.

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