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by Orlando Cotto

The sound of new Afro-Cuban music. This new production is a dream come true, where I combine classical marimba with Afro-Cuban rhythms to create a new musical tapestry. Featuring Michael Spiro
Genre: Latin: Latin Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Equinox
6:27 $2.00
2. Capriccion
3:39 $2.00
3. Guaguancó
6:31 $2.00
4. Abakuá
5:36 $2.00
5. Siboney
7:21 $2.00
6. Guajira For My Father
6:06 $2.00
7. Danzón For My Faher
6:32 $2.00
8. OC.JA.MS. Descarga
5:54 $2.00
9. Tonada
4:36 $2.00
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Album Notes
The marimba is the reason why I came to the USA 20 years ago. The passion I have for this instrument indeed still vibrates, and now even more than ever. This new production is a dream come true, where I combine classical marimba with Afro-Cuban rhythms to create a new musical tapestry. Even though I was trained as a classical marimbist, on this record I present a number of new ideas, combinations, and possibilities, in order to show just how versatile the marimba can be.

About the music on this disc: On every track there is an improvisatory section where the left hand plays a bass line in the pattern known in Latin music as the "tumbao". While the right hand is free to improvise over the chord changes, I feature the use of poly-rhythms in these sections, as my right hand frequently plays the pianistic melodic pattern known in Latin music as the "montuno" over this tumbao. You will find this technique throughout the record.

I am grateful to have had the collaboration of a two world renowned percussionists on this project---my dear friend Michael Spiro, who added add the magical touch of his virtuosity and elegant performances, and Dr. Juan Alamo, who worked with me on some arrangements and played such beautiful vibes solos.
Orlando Cotto February 12, 2010



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Tom Morgan

Percussive Note
Orlando Cotto
Self Published
Orlando Cotto has established himself
as a premier marimba player who can
perform exotic original music as well as
more standard repertory. On this CD he
shows his skill as an improviser, performing
the music of John Coltrane, Oscar
Hernandez, Ernesto Lecuona, and his
own compositions. The music is in an
Afro-Cuban style and features Michael
Spiro on percussion and Juan Alamo
who plays vibes and contributed some of
the arrangements.
The CD opens with Coltrane’s
“Equinox,” which is probably the strongest
performance on the CD and fits
the Afro-Cuban feel very well. Next is
Cotto’s “Marimba Suite,” a work of three
movements titled “Capriccio,” “Guaguaco,”
and, “Abakua.” These, along with
the other pieces, are well conceived and
interesting to listen to. Also of note is
“Danzon For My Father” by Hernandez.
This is a lovely tune played on vibes with
the middle section played on marimba.
The percussion accompaniment is perfect.
The congas, timbales, and other percussion
on this CD are performed beautifully.
The conga grooves, along with
the “tumbao” and “montuno” played on
the marimba, always feel great. At times
I found myself focusing more on the
accompaniment than on the improvised
solos. The solos are appropriate and well
played throughout the recording, but a
little predictable at times. Still, this is a
good outing for Cotto, who plays with
much fire and conviction, and the overall
musical product is very good.
—Tom Morgan