'West Side Story Reimagined' raises money for hurricane relief
Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band
Bobby Sanabria offers an incredible new Latin jazz treatment of this timeless masterwork that premiered on September 26, 1957 redefining American musical theatre in celebration of the shows recent 60th Anniversary (2017) and Maestro Bernstein’s Centennial (2018).
West Side Story Reimagined (Jazzheads, 2018) was recorded live at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in NYC, this exciting new reimagining is West Side Story like you’ve never heard it before as performed by the amazing multi-Grammy nominated Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band. This set includes an accompanying 16-page booklet containing rare photographs and features the rhythms of the various Latin American countries, and more with exciting new instrumental arrangements all done through the lens of the Latin jazz continuum.
The “Prologue” arranged by Jeremy Fletcher features solos by Oreste Abrantes on congas, and Matthew Gonzalez on bongo. During the outstanding performance of Maestro Bernstein’s use of the tritone (the first two notes of the now iconic three note whistle) the whistling sets the stage for everything that is to come. Inspired by the calls of the Hebraic ram’s horn trumpet, the blasts were a call to war. Now transferred to the whistles of the streets, it announces the conflict between the Jets and the Sharks. The Prologue’s ominous driving melody, based on the three notes of the whistle, is a repetitive three bar phrase that repeats in on itself over the driving Cuban son montuno rhythm mixed with funk. The direction of the clave is played over finger snaps as a fast shift to swing rhythm represents the first encounter of the Jets and Sharks.
“Jet Song” arranged by Niko Siebold features solos by Max Darche on trumpet, Dave Miller on trombone, Peter Brainin on tenor sax, Matthey Gonzalez on primo barril de bomba, and Bobby Sanabria on vocals. The hard driving shuffle rhythm starts the songs with the Jets represented by each wind section. The double time swing in the sax soli represents the out of control energy, fear, immaturity and hate the Jets have for the Sharks. The Sharks are musically represented by their native Afro-Puerto Rican which explodes with majesty, force and ache.
“America” arranged by Jeff Lederer with solos by Chris Washburne on trombone, Andrew Gould on alto sax, Darwin Noguera on piano and Leo Traversa on electric bass is perhaps the quintessential song about the immigrant experience in this country. Notwithstanding the current events playing out at the US Border between Central America, this song couldn’t be more relevant with respect to today’s headlines. But Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens since 1917 and are migrants, not immigrants and yet still face the realities of discrimination, denial of economic opportunities and the hardships they were escaping from on the island. Now faced with the devastating hurricanes the song uses the Venezuelan rhythm of joropo and the appearance of national anthems of a number of immigrant/refugee communities that are experience a renewed level of discrimination under the current Trump administration.
These are just a few of the songs produced for West Side Story Reimagined. With 20 tracks running just over one hour, this collection is sure to excite the ambitions within us all to fight for what one believes in. This re-imagining from the perspective of a jazz musician, a Latin musician, and a native Nuyorican son who is a proud American deserves to be in your collection. Check it out. For more information, please visit the Jazzheads website at http://www.jazzheads.com.
Playing for Change
Listen to the Music
The newest body of work features 12 new Songs Around the World. All the music on this album was recorded and filmed live outside with a mobile studio and features 210 musicians from 25 different countries. This musical journey created a world where the artists care more about each other and find more positive solutions to the problems we all face as a human race. No matter how many things in life divide us, they are never as strong as the power of music to bring us together.
Tracks include "Listen to the Music" featuring the Doobie Brothers, "All Along the Watchtower" featuring Ivan Neville, "Skin Deep" featuring Buddy Guy, "Africa Mokili Mobimba" featuring the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and many more.
Visit playingforchange.com if you'd lie to see the video of each song.
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