Pianist Arturo O’Farrill and friends lend their talents and energy to composer/arranger and educator, Dr. Eugene Marlow in interpreting a host of his compositions and fulfilling one of Marlow’s long desired dreams of recording an album of Latin jazz music.
Wonderful Discovery is indeed just that, a recording of exciting new and wonderful Latin jazz rhythms that you will discover to be one of the finest Latin jazz albums of the year.
Arturo O’Farrill, who also contributes one of his own originals to the project with "Arturo’s Reverie," makes this happen by assembling a band of Latin jazz luminaries among them, Bobby Sanabria, Mario Rivero, Luis Bonilla, Phoenix Rivera and Cristian Rivera.
Except for "Raices (Roots)," improvised by Sanabria and the George Gershwin tune "Summertime," arranged by Marlow, everything else on this album are Eugene Marlow compositions. The music doesn’t get any better than the fiery starter "Mr. O’s Groove" containing splendid solos from Jim Seeley’s trumpet, Rivero on soprano and Rolando Guerrero’s pounding percussions.
Arturo O’Farrill provides a sensational performance through out with outstanding solos on such tracks as "Song For An Old Soul," "Arturo’s Reverie," "Flight," and "Old Havana." One of the best scores here has to be "A Smile For Everyone," featuring an amazing performance from Bobby Porcelli on alto.
As you listen to this album you realize that there are no mediocre tunes here, everything is quite good. A tribute to Mr. Marlow’s of course, but also to the marvelous cadre of players that grace this recording and to their leader Arturo O’Farrill. The Wonderful Discovery to be found here is that this is one Latin jazz album deserving of attention from us all.