It is always a good moment to hear a new CD collection from Omar Sosa, for each one is unique and different, filled with fine jazz motifs blended with world music approaches. So it is with the innovative AYAGUNA.
AYAGUNA features the work of the gifted Cuban composer/pianist Omar Sosa with Venezuelan percussionist Gustavo Ovalles. AYAGUNA was recorded at the Motion Blue in Yokohama, Japan. The ballad modes of expression in this collection are excellent and showcase the stylings of Sosa at the piano.
AYAGUNA is a word taken from Ifa, which is the religious practice of the West African Yoruba culture, and from the offspring in Cuba known as Santeria. Ayaguna is a path of Obatala, the diety of peace and wisdom.
For those with a knowledge of religion of Santeria, the meanings are self-explanatory and interesting. Both Sosa and Ovalles follow the path of Obatala in their personal practice of Santeria.
For those who enjoy the creative visions of Omar Sosa, this collection will surprise and delight, as it is a memorable journey from beginning to end. In context, AYAGUNA flows with magic and verve, having a beginning, a middle, and an ending.
An inspired work, it ranks as one Omar Sosa's finest creations. As always, the piano work of Sosa is superb and flawless. Ovalles is the perfect musical soulmate to Sosa in this unusual duo work. AYAGUNA is world jazz at its best, and highly enjoyable. Highly recommended.