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Wild Hands

by Orlando Cotto

The warm and rich sounds of classical marimba combined with percussion instrumentation will revive your memories of the old world.
Genre: Classical: New Age
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Ensayo Rustico
4:27 $0.99
2. Divertimento for Marimba and Alto Saxophone
12:17 $0.99
3. Prelude II
4:17 $0.99
4. The Lonelyness of Santa Claus
9:23 $0.99
5. Perfume De Gardenias
2:53 $0.99
6. No Me Toques
3:34 $0.99
7. Si Te Toco
2:48 $0.99
8. Wild Hands
7:55 $0.99
9. Alborada Del Gracioso
3:53 $0.99
10. La Comparsa
5:41 $0.99
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Album Notes
Rich melodies and warm sounds of classical marimba will revive your memories of the old world. This recording is Orlando Cotto's tribute to masters of Latin, classical, and contemporary world. With the help of fellow marimbist Juan Alamo, Cotto records the music of Latin composers Rafael Hernandez, Juan Morel Campos, and Ernesto Lecuona for the first time as classical marimba duets. Cotto attempts to bring new color dimensions to the music while maintaining the quality of the unforgettable melodies. The duo also takes on the expressive tunes of George Gershwin and Maurice Ravel. While these pieces are considered standard literature in the marimba world, they are played with the interpretation of Latin and Spanish influences. The recording also includes two contemporary pieces by Akira Yuyama and Fredrik Andersson, where Cotto solicits the collaboration of alto saxophonist Randall Smith and marimbist Kunihiko Komori, respectively. The representation is symbolic of the dynamic and ever-changing field of marimba. Finally, Cotto and Alamo explores the range and possibilities of marimba in a piece appropriately called Wild Hands.



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Orlando Cotto, Marimba
Orlando Cotto is joined on every track of this recording by other marimbists and/or Percussionists. Most of the selections are duos for two marimbas, many of them inspired by Latin-American traditional music. Examples of these include “Ensayo Rustico” by Amaury Veray, Si Te Toco” by Juan M. Campos and “La Comparsa” by Ernesto Lecuona. Cotto shares the musical material in these selections with marimbist Juan Alamo. This rich popular flavor is balanced by more standard Western repertoire, including Akira Yuyama’s “Divertimento for Marimba and Also Saxophone” (Randall Smith, Saxophone), Fredrik Andersson’s The Lonelyness of Santa Claus” (Kunihiko Komori, Marimba) and the charming arrangement of Maurice Ravel’s “Alborada Del Gracioso.” Yuyama’s “Divertimento” is handled with precision and grace, while Cotto and Komori give an intense, yet chilling rendition of “The Lonelyness of Santa Claus” On the title track. “Wild Hands,” the listener is treated to a kaleidoscope of sonic possibilities, including bars struck with the shaft, glissandos, dead strokes, and vocalization from the performers. The variety of styles presented on Wild Hands will make it appeal to the general listener as well as those looking specifically for marimba recordings. -Scott Herring