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Color Drops

by Ernie Mansfield with Juan Bibiloni

A blend of Latin, Flamenco, and Brazillian jazz, with flute and acoustic guitar.
Genre: Jazz: Latin Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sambita
5:18 $0.99
2. Across the Mountains
3:37 $0.99
3. Blue May
3:26 $0.99
4. California Home
3:35 $0.99
5. Loro
3:16 $0.99
6. Morning of the Carnaval
5:05 $0.99
7. Colorbook
4:40 $0.99
8. Waterdrops (to Valerie)
5:15 $0.99
9. Stand Upon A Star
3:25 $0.99
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Album Notes
“ . . . a new album by Ernie Mansfield, a flutist, and Juan Bibiloni, a guitarist. It is called ‘ColorDrops’ . . . These two have a kind of musical togetherness that is as rare as it is satisfying. The tunes are largely originals. although another jazz-Latin great, Egberto Gismonti, is represented by one tune and the album includes perhaps the anthem of this country’s musical love.”
-- R. C. Smith, Morning Herald, Durham, N.C.

“Spanish guitarist Bibiloni joins flutist Mansfield for Latin jazz-pop material that shows . . . prowess at both rhythm and riffing . . . swings effortlessly through Luiz Bonfa’s ‘Morning of the Carnaval’ and Egberto Gismonte’s ‘Loro’, demonstrating . . . deftness in both fast and slow settings.”
-- TM, Guitar Player Magazine

This re-issue has improved audio quality and graphic design compared to the previous release.

Formerly released on the website from 2000 to 2003, several of the songs achieved “hit” status; “Sambita” reached #1 ranking (number of plays) in the Brazilian category; and “Morning of the Carnaval” and “Stand Upon A Star” both reached #3 ranking in the Bossa Nova category.

In a letter to Ernie Mansfield, the reknowned American composer John Adams wrote: “. . . you have a very lyrical gift and compose in a very refreshing, tuneful style. I thought all of the melodic ideas were interesting and not at all trite . . . I think it’s very pleasing music of its genre . . . I’m pleased you gave me the chance to hear it.”

Ernie Mansfield is a flutist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist. Classically trained and jazz-infuenced, he has written for, and performed with, many jazz, folk, pop, rock and R&B groups over the last 30 years, both here in the U.S. and in Europe. He has performed with Maria Muldaur, Dan Fogelberg, Vassar Clements, Nanette Fabray, as well as performing with his own groups, which have included Mary Watkins (formerly with Holly Near), Glenn Cronkhite (ECM), and Juan Bibiloni (Polygram). He has composed and performed music for many modern dance companies, including “Company in Flight” and “CazDance”. His credits include albums, soundtracks, children's music, commercials, music for educational software, orchestral works, and works for dance theatre. Ernie also doubles on saxophone, keyboards, EWI (Electric Wind Instrument), and other instruments.

Juan Bibloni - aka Joan Bibiloni in Spain - is possibly the most well-known jazz guitarist on the island of Mallorca, Spain. As a recording artist on Blau Records, Polygram, and others, he has recorded numerous albums, and worked with such artists as Paco de Lucia, Larry Coryell, Kevin Ayers, and others.



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Frank Silver

A Great Find - Wonderful !
A wonderful blend of sound and instruments. These tracks have a sense of familiarity I identify with and yet are surprisingly new and refreshing. High marks.

Sunny Grewal

Color Drops is outstading
Color Drops is outstanding. It is one of those CD’s that you can play over and over and it never loses its flavor. If you are looking for soothing sounds than Color Drops is the one.

David H. Bailey

Color Drops is a great album by wonderful musicians!
This album by Ernie Mansfield and Juan Bibiloni is a wonderful compilation of excellent compositions which are played with consummate musicianship. The recording is engineered and mixed beautifully, and the music is a joy to listen to. This is going to the top of my playlist!

Priscilla Rice

Spectacular !
I love this CD.The gorgeous melodies and wonderful solos make it stand out from all the other groups playing this style of music.Beautifully recorded as well. Buy it and send it to your friends and family..

Lory Marna Poulson

Lovely and surprising
The sounds and arrangements here are beautiful, as one might expect -- but there are some surprises, too. These two professionals can change the pace and interject the unexpected...all within a lush context.

David Luck, guitarist

This beautiful music belongs on the top of your forever playlist
Ernie Mansfield and I met back in the time before time in Champaign-Urbana. Mutual friends/fans got us together and insisted that we should be performing together. With singer/guitarist Cary Cohen, we formed an acoustic trio called ‘the Ensemble’ and played Chicago’s Earl of Old Town and the Barbarossa on a more or less regular basis. We also did soundtrack work together including a studio session with Dan Fogelberg and Grammy award-winning jazz pianist Jim McNeely. Whenever Ernie raised his flute, harmonica or sax, he lit up the joint with magical lyricism.
Thought all that wonderful was lost to me until I discovered his Latin jazz-pop outing with guitarist Juan Bibloni, ‘ColorDrops.’ Their collaboration lifts the heart and touches the soul, with great lyrical beauty, unexpected phrases, and exhilarating mood swings. Their original compositions blend well with genre classics like Bonfa’s ‘Morning of the Carnaval.’ Their beautiful ‘Waterdrops (to Valerie)’ creates a haunting ambience at once known and mysterious.
‘ColorDrops’ is musical magic and high art, performed by incomparable musicians. That being said, it is also a hell of a lot fun to listen to, over and over again. It belongs on the top of your forever playlist.