Artist: Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra Title: Four Questions Label: ZOHO Records Genre: Latin jazz/Spoken word CD Review by Dawoud Kringle
One of the most important hallmarks of jazz is its focus on social consciousness. Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit,” Sonny Rollins’ “Freedom Suite,” Charles Mingus’ “Fables of Faubus,” Max Roach’s “We Insist! Freedom Now Suite,” John Coltrane’s “Alabama,” and many others all used jazz to address social injustice, and a call to action.
After releasing Four Questions, Arturo O’Farrill now stands side by side with these giants.
Artist: Vapor Vespers Titele: One Act Sonix Label: Bad Egg Records Genre: “Triptastic Slam of Storytelling and Genre-Skipping Sounds” – Sal Cataldi
CD Review by Dawoud Kringle
What happens when Sal Cataldi (a New York City / Woodstock / Hudson Valley based multi-instrumentalist who’s known as Spaghetti Eastern Music; and member of MFM) joins forces with Mark Muro (Alaskan actor, poet & playwright)? The result is Vapor Vespers.