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O'farrill, Adam / Stranger Days / El Maquech
Album:El Maquech Collection:Jazz
Artist:O'farrill, Adam / Stranger Days Added:08/2018
Label:Biophilia Records 

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Add Date:2018-09-09 Pull Date:2018-11-11 Charts:Jazz, Classical/Experimental
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Album Review
Tom McCarter
Reviewed 2018-08-16 
Reviewed: 2018-08-16
Genre: Jazz (X)
FCCs: none
Review: Third generation in the O’Farrill music family dynasty, Adam (trumpet) and Zack (drums) have become their own musicians with outsized voices of their own. Adam says their music is “tethered to nothing”, and that’s what gives the music magic. The music on this disc has a vibrant quality that can only come from musicians in the prime of their existence. But volume and noise value aside, these are musicians with something to say and they demand your attention.
If You Like: Henry Threadgill, Roscoe Mitchell
Track Review (favorites denoted by *):
1/ Siiva Moiiva (7:11) – horns start in a slow hesitant repetitive riff with kind of a New Orleans flavor> bass/drums duet> slow jam with sax out front> trumpet joins> jam swings uptempo & frenzied> slows to off-kilter slow jam with hesitant repetitive riff with a New Orleans flavor>
*2/ Verboten Chant (5:32) – horns start> off-kilter midtempo jam> bass solo> midtempo jam> trumpet solo> sax solo swings into wild uptempo jam> pause> a series of horn blasts> quick stop
*3/ El Maquech (5:57) – drums start> uptempo jam with Latin vibe> sax & trumpet trade solos> rocking uptempo jam> wild sax solo> off-kilter uptempo jam> pause> short uptempo jam> quick stop
*4/ Erroneous Love (5:51) – sax starts> fast jam> trumpet solo> sax solo> uptempo jam with trumpet & sax arguing back & forth> pause> slow quiet jam> builds in volume & intensity> quick blast at end for punctuation
5/ Shall We (if You Really Must Insist) (2:43) – trumpet starts> fast jam> trumpet solo swings wild> intermittent fast jam> quick stop
6/ Get Thee Behind Me Satan (6:16) – trumpet starts> slow hesitant jam> trumpet solo> slow jam> hesitant sax solo> fade on sax
**7/ Henry Ford Hospital (5:23) – spirited blasts from horns morph into uptempo off-kilter jam> drums/bass duet into uptempo jam shift with wild horns> trumpet solo like a herd of elephants charging> uptempo jam> quick fade
*8/ Pour Maman (6:50) – cymbals/bass start> slow jam builds in volume & intensity> pause> loud wild brash slow jam with both horns soloing over the top> slow to slow tempo abrasive jam & mellows to fade

Track Listing
1.Siiva Moiiva 5.Shall We? (If You Really Must Insist)
2.Verboten Chant 6.Get Thee Behind Me Satan
3.El Maquech 7.Henry Ford Hospital
4.Erroneous Love 8.Poor Maman