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Between Worlds

by Bobby Medina & The Cosmopolitan Pops Orchestra

Latin Jazz band meets Symphony Orchestra in a series of highly arranged and explosive compositions!
Genre: Latin: Latin Jazz
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1. Libertango
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2. Echoes of Cordoba
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3. Bopticos
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4. Paraiso
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5. Forever My Love
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6. Tale of the Gypsies
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7. Calzada del Cerro
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8. My Dream
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9. Power Serge
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10. La Bikina
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11. Tulum
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12. Black Orfeus-Canto De Ossanha
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
By Scott Yanow:
Bobby Medina's ambitious Between Worlds project is well titled. His mother came from Mexico, his father is from the U.S., and his wife was originally from Sweden, so he has had plenty of exposure to different worlds and cultures. The title Between Worlds also applies to the wide variety of music that is featured on this release. While many of the performances are Latin jazz and utilize an orchestra, not every selection is orchestral, Latin or purely jazz. However there is a unity to the set with each performance being melodic and consistently creative.

Medina has met many top-notch musicians in his worldwide travels. He formed a core group of international players including bassist Pablo Elorza and drummer Santiago Hernandez from Argentina, Brazilian saxophonist Guto Lucena who he first met in Portugal, and pianist Eric Verlinde and percussionist Francisco"Junior" Medina (no relation) from Seattle. In addition, he utilized the talents of several top arrangers (including himself) and orchestras from both Seattle and Buenos Aires.

This CD starts in exciting fashion with a transformation of Astor Piazzolla's "Libertango" from a classical beginning into blazing Latin jazz featuring the trumpets of Bobby Medina and guest Gustavo Bergalli. "Echoes Of Cordoba" is a flamenco-flavored original that has a stirring arrangement for the orchestra by Inma Galiot along with Medina’s dramatic trumpet and a solid spot for pianist Verlinde.

The pianist’s spirited "Bopticos" features the core band with guest trombonist Bill Anthony romping through a joyous piece that is boppish and filled with explosive Latin rhythms. Paraiso" has a relaxed feeling, an accessible melody, and some fine guitar work from Brian Nova. The haunting ballad "Forever My Love" features Danzon rhythms, Guto Lucena's flute and some nice flourishes from the trumpeter. With its soothing bass pattern, Verlinde’s piano, Darren Motamedy's soprano and Medina's warm flugelhorn, "Tale Of The Gypsies" has an accessible groove reminiscent of the 1970s.

"Calzada Del Cerro" builds on the CD's momentum with an infectious Latin groove, a bit of vocalizing from Mario Hernandez Osorio, and dazzling ensemble parts for the orchestra arranged by Pablo Elorza. The cinematic "My Dream" travels through several moods, evolving from a classical melody to a funky section featuring the leader's muted trumpet. "Power Serge," which could have been the theme song for a 1960s detective series, includes some trumpet work from Medina that is worthy of Dizzy Gillespie along with some fine flute by Nathaniel Schleimer.

"La Bikina" is a classic Mexican piece that Bobby Medina has re-imagined into a lyrical waltz that deserves to become a standard. One could certainly imagine this piece being sung. The celebratory "Tulum" was inspired by both flamenco and Latin music and will get audiences dancing. Closing off this very enjoyable project is an inspired medley of Luiz Bonfa's "Black Orfeus" and Baden Powell's "Canto De Ossanha" that makes both songs sound fresh and brand new.

The music of Between Worlds deserves to be heard throughout the world.

Scott Yanow
Jazz historian and author of 11 books including The Jazz Singers, Trumpet Kings, Afro-Cuban Jazz, Swing, Jazz On Film and Jazz On Record 1917-76

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Katy

Fantastic!
I LOVE this CD. It's a beautiful way to experience the influences and skills of Mr. Medina's playing. The story behind the recording is fascinating - bringing together the orchestra and Latin Jazz. A true pleasure to listen to!
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