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Artist: Arturo O’Farrill & Chucho Valdés
Title: Familia: Tribute to Bebo & Chico
Release Date: September 15, 2017
Genre: Jazz
Credits: Executive Producer, Producer, Composer, Liner Notes

Description: Brings together two of the influential families in Afro-Cuban music in a celebration of their late patriarchs: pianist, composer, arranger and bandleader Bebo Valdés and composer, arranger and bandleader “Chico” O’Farrill. It’s a multi-generational tribute led by Arturo O’Farrill and Chucho Valdés – their sons, major figures in their own right – but also featuring the next generation, including pianist Leyanis Valdés, drummer Jessie Valdés, trumpeter Adam O’Farrill and drummer Zack O’Farrill. Also featuring sitarist Anoushka Shankar on a composition by Sehgal.

Artist: Deepak Chopra, Kabir Sehgal, Paul Avgerinos
Title: Home: Where Everyone Is Welcome
Release Date: August 25, 2017
Genre: New Age
Credits: Executive Producer, Producer, Artist, Composer, Bass, Vocals, Percussion

Description: A collection of thirty-four original poems and twelve songs inspired by a diverse group of immigrants. From Yo-Yo Ma to Audrey Hepburn, Albert Einstein to Celia Cruz, these poems and songs symbolize the many roads that lead to America. This unique collaboration is a keepsake hardcover book, with a CD of original music tucked inside. Offering a welcoming feeling intended to inform our cultural conversation and enhance our national dialogue, the musical pieces serve as personal meditations on the essence of home, in which you can reflect upon where you feel most welcome, whether a place or state of mind.

Artist: Dial & Oatts, Rich DeRosa, The WDR Big Band
Title: Rediscovered Ellington
Release Date: August 18, 2017
Genre: Jazz
Credits: Executive Producer, Producer, Liner Notes

Description: Rediscovered Ellington is a rarity that comes along once every few decades, a trove of mostly unheard music by a music legend fashioned into a glimmering yet meditative production. The great Duke Ellington, for whom this album is a tribute, once observed that “there are two kinds of music”, the kind that connects to the audience with sincerity and the kind that doesn’t. Judging by the response of listeners worldwide, Ellington’s music is of the first kind: beautiful, cultivated, resonant, and timeless.

Artist: Ben Allison
Title: Layers of the City
Release Date: June 27, 2017
Genre: Jazz
Credits: Executive Producer, Producer

Description: Bassist, composer, and bandleader Ben Allison one of the most deliberate and focused figures in jazz, a musician who conveys a clear-cut conception in everything he does. His…album, Layers of the City (Sonic Camera), is no exception… it’s nothing short of exhilarating.

Artist: Pablo Ziegler
Title: Jazz Tango
Release Date: June 9, 2017
Genre: Latin
Credits: Producer, Liner Notes

Description: On JAZZ TANGO, the internationally acclaimed Argentinian Tango jazz pianist, composer and band leader Pablo Ziegler presents his US-based trio featuring bandoneonist Hector del Curto, and guitarist Claudio Ragazzi in three Astor Piazzolla Tango standards and seven original Ziegler compositions.

Artist: Chris Washburne
Title: Rags and Roots
Release Date: April 7, 2017
Genre: Latin
Credits: Producer, Liner Notes

Description: By reimagining ragtime and the roots of jazz, Chris Washburne has created a path for new audiences to discover this quintessentially American music. His Rags and Roots is both a tribute to and triumph of ragtime and a sounding out of the truly global roots of jazz. This album embraces and sounds out the remarkable cultural diversity that contributed to the emergence of jazz

Artist: Emilio Solla
Title: Tributango
Release Date: December 1, 2016
Genre: Latin
Credits: Executive Producer, Producer, Liner Notes

Description: It’s a triumph of an artistic mastermind, who has given us something new, by channeling the giants of this art form….These tracks will compel you onto the dance floor. This is quintessential Solla: accessible tunes with refined arrangements. Tributango is both historical and fresh, bittersweet with nostalgic references yet thought-provoking with modern touches. No matter its era, tango goes on, well into the night.

Artist: Ted Nash Big Band
Title: Presidential Suite: Eight Variations on Freedom
Release Date: September 12, 2016
Genre: Jazz
Credits: Executive Producer, Producer, Liner Notes
Recognition: Grammy Winner for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album; Grammy Winner for Best Instrumental Composition (“Spoken At Midnight”)

Description: This creative musical take on history from GRAMMY®-nominated composer/saxophonist Ted Nash transforms key moments from historic speeches – read by influential figures from the worlds of arts and politics – into an emotionally affecting suite of modern jazz. Expansive liner notes from New York Times bestselling authors Douglas Brinkley and Kabir Sehgal illuminate key historical and musical contexts of this unprecedented work.

Artist: Ricky Kej
Title: Shanti Samsara
Release Date: August 5, 2016
Genre: World Music
Credits: Producer, Liner Notes

Description: Launched by Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi & President of France François Hollande at the United Nations COP21 (Paris) in the presence of UN General Secretary Ban Ki Moon. Performed LIVE at the United Nations General Assembly, NYC, and across the globe. Spearheaded by Grammy® Award Winning composer & conservationist Ricky Kej (India). The album is a global endeavor featuring over 500 musicians including 22 Grammy® Winners from across the globe. This album is a spiritual journey as much as musical one. In listening, we reflect not only on the subtle sounds of nature but our relation to them, and especially, our roles and responsibilities as children of Mother Nature.

Artist: Carlos Barbosa-Lima
Title: Carlos Barbosa-Lima plays Mason Williams
Release Date: August 5, 2016
Genre: Classical
Credits: Producer

Description: This collection, Carlos Barbosa-Lima Plays Mason Williams, presents one of the world’s most revered musical artists interpreting Mason Williams’ always interesting, entertaining and enlightening compositions. With each tune, Carlos has created a musical portrait.

Artist: Gwen Hughes
Title: Native Land
Release Date: July 1, 2016
Genre: Jazz
Credits: Producer, Liner Notes

Description: Atlanta-based songwriter and singer Gwen Hughes captures the ups and downs of her passage through life, with profound authenticity and revealing honesty. Music hasn’t just been her mode of expression, it’s been her ticket to the world, performing in dive bars in Macon, Georgia to coffee shops in Istanbul, Turkey. Gwen delivers an elegant and commanding tribute to the love song itself, on seven original tunes and four covers, including from The Eagles and Carlene Carter.

 

Artist: Joe Mulholland Trio
Title: Runaway Train
Release Date: May 6, 2016
Genre: Jazz
Credits: Executive Producer, Producer

Description: Boston based pianist Joe Mulholland presents a classic, swinging jazz trio date featuring longtime local sidemen Bob Nieske on bass, and Bob Tamagni on drums, in six Mulholland originals and three smartly chosen covers by Miles Davis, Jimmy Giuffre and Dietz & Schwartz. Deeply influenced by iconic jazz greats Miles, Mingus, Monk, Ellington, Evans, Coltrane and others, Mulholland serves up an eclectic, always tasty mix of Brazilian, bebop, modal and contemporary/classic jazz styles on “Runaway Train.”

Artist: Eco-Music Big Band
Title: Colors of Resistance
Release date: December 24, 2015
Credits: Producer, Liner Notes
Genre: Jazz

Description: Tells a joyful story of music that comes from the tradition of resistance to oppression: fusing virtuosic radical jazz with hip hop, heavy metal, Latin rhythms, and blues forms, the Eco-Music Big Band promises a one-of-a-kind experience that intends to propel the jazz idiom into the 21st century. The title of the program was conceived during bandleader Marie Incontrera’s final conversation with band’s founder Fred Ho before his death, in which Ho said “all the colors of resistance… all the colors of life… hold them…”

Artist: Gregorio Uribe Big Band
Title: Cumbia Universal
Credits: Associate Producer, Producer, Liner Notes
Release Date: October 2, 2015
Genre: Jazz
Recognition: Billboard Chart (2015)

Description: On Cumbia Universal, singer-accordionist Gregorio Uribe leads his 16-piece big band of top New York Latin Jazz musicians and guests vocalists to celebrate cumbia and other rhythms from Colombia. Nine Uribe originals plus Lennon / McCartney’s “Come Together” get thrilling rhythmic work-outs. The remarkable title track features vocals by multiple Grammy winner Ruben Blades.

Artist: Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra
Title: Cuba: The Conversation Continues
Release Date: August 21, 2015
Genre: Jazz
Credits: Executive Producer, Producer, Liner Notes
Recognition: Grammy Winner for Best Instrumental Composition (2015), The Afro Latin Jazz Suite; Grammy Nomination for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album (2015); Latin Grammy Winner for Best Latin Jazz Album (2016); #1 Latin Jazz Album by NPR Critics Poll (2015)

Description: Recorded in Havana hours after President Obama announced his plan to normalize relations between the U.S. and Cuba, this album is a powerful symbol of cultural diplomacy, a juxtaposition of music and current events. O’Farrill brings top composers from both the U.S. and Cuba to create a dazzling musical tapestry, successfully fulfilling Dizzy’s dream of creating “universal music.”

Artist: Gabriel Alegría Afro-Peruvian Sextet
Title: 10
Release Date: August 7, 2015
Genre: Jazz
Credits: Producer
Recognition: #2 Latin Jazz Album by NPR Critics Poll (2015); Best of 2015 Album – Latin Releases by NYC Jazz Record

Description:  This album celebrates the band’s 10-year anniversary with a unique mix of classic U.S. and Peruvian songs and hymns, including stunning versions both countries National Anthems! An insistently inventive program of American and Peruvian standards transformed by Alegría’s highly personal synthesis of folkloric Afro-Peruvian rhythms, jazz, and other musical strains.

Artist: Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra
Title: The Offense of the Drum
Release Date: May 6, 2014
Genre: Jazz
Credits: Executive Producer, Producer, Liner Notes
Recognition: Grammy Winner for Best Latin Jazz Album (2014); Latin Grammy Nomination for Best Latin Jazz Album (2014); Cubadisco Winner for Best International Album (2014); #1 Latin Jazz Album by NPR Critics Poll (2014)

Description: The Offense of the Drum features his 18-piece Afro-Latin Jazz band – a whopping 28 percussion instruments from all over the globe. The program highlights the cultural sounds and prismatic influences of South America, Spain, and the Caribbean in modern jazz.

Artist: Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra
Title: 40 Acres and a Burro
Release Date: February 8, 2011
Genre: Jazz
Credits: Associate Producer
Recognition: Grammy Nomination for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album (2012)

Description: O’Farrill presents a pan-Latin approach to jazz with his orchestra, demonstrating that Afro-Cuban music isn’t the only type of Latin music that can have a positive effect on acoustic jazz. With this album, O’Farrill celebrated the band’s seventh anniversary. This recording is a testament to O’Farrill’s musical philosophy.

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