The orchestra displays its energy and talent on this thirteen song production. Music Director Arturo O'Farrill believes strongly, " Our mission is to honor great works from Latin jazz masters, commission a new body of work for this genre and educate listeners on the impact of Afro Latin rhythms on jazz. We are deeply committed to groove and clavé so get ready to swing hard!"
The JALC Artistic Director, Wynton Marsalis adds: " We have great respect for the cultural legacy of Latin American composers like Chico O'Farrill, Mario Bauza and Chano Pozo." The ALJO became a resident orchestra at JALC in 2002. Touring internationally and bringing the rhythms of Latin jazz to places as far away as China, the large ensemble commissions new work and leads education events when on the road and at the Frederick P. Rose Hall.
This CD is a wonderful addition to any library of Latin jazz. Through its choice of innovative artists and careful attention to sonic value, the Palmetto label has been listed as one of the best jazz labels in the 2003 Down Beat Critics’ Poll along with Blue Note, ECM and Verve. Palmetto also supports artists who are often overlooked or are considered somewhat "left of center". This enables the label to help expand the boundaries and even the vocabulary of jazz, and also gives the artists the freedom they need to make great music. Palmetto truly believes the future of jazz is now.