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First Cause

by Colette Michaan

World music with a latin core.
Genre: World: World Fusion
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Bamboo
1:27 album only
2. First Cause
6:10 album only
3. Aranjuez
3:41 album only
4. Rhythm Of Love
4:56 album only
5. Ogun Belele
5:53 album only
6. Split
5:52 album only
7. Bilongo
3:59 album only
8. Kikiriki
5:14 album only
9. Lagrimas Negras
5:26 album only
10. Lighten Up
4:02 album only


Album Notes
Flutist/composer Colette Michaan is a native New Yorker.
Since 1978, she has been leading her band playing flutes, vocalizing and composing for her own ensemble, as well as freelancing with other groups. Her wide range of musical interests, include jazz to folkloric music from all over the world. Colette has travelled extensively around the world, performing with local musicians. Her work reflects the synthesis of these cross cultural experiences.

"First Cause" is Colette's first cd release, available January 2004. The material on this recording is the rich synthesis of her diverse musical background and includes original compositions, Latin standards, jazz, cha-cha-cha, timba, son, contemporary guajiro, Yoruban folklore, calypso and a latin adaptation of a classical orchestral piece.This work is a collaboration with composer/arranger/producer/pianist/flautist Oriente Lopez. The personnel includes 12 of N.Y.'s finest performing artists. This recording stirs resonance in a wide range of listeners bridging various categories in style and appeal, from World Music, Latin and Jazz audiences of all ages. Colette uses her compositions, flutes and vocals (her own and those of others) in different formats, to express the breadth of her musical spectrum.

First Cause CD Personnel includes:

Colette Michaan (flute, alto flute, wooden and bamboo flutes, vocals)
Oriente Lopez (piano, keyboards, vocals, alto flute,marimbula)
Richard Bona (electric bass)
Rolando D'Los Reyes (vocals)
Carlos Gonzalez (vocals,tres,acoustic guitar)
Naomi Bloch-Schartz (piano)
Lisandro Arias (piano, vocals)
Jennifer Vincent (cello, double bass)
Ali Bello (violin)
Ricardo Jerome (steel pan)
Gustavo "Chacho" Schartz (baby bass)
Pedro Martinez (bata, timbal, conga, guiro, udu, vocals)
Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez (drums, bongo, tambourine)
Kiana Michaan (vocals)
Ziona Martinez (vocal/baby laugh)



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global rhythm magazine August 2005

Global Rhythm Magazine August 2005

First Cause

Creatrix  CM01

Flautist/ composer Colette Michaan has been a live fixture on the New York jazz scene for years, and has worked and performed with everyone from Kenny Barron and Nestor Torres to Richard Bona and Youssou N’Dour, so it’s no surprise that her debut, First Cause, is smart, confident and self-assured. Collaborating with Cuban flautist Oriente Lopez (who arranged the album), Michaan leads a 12-piece band through a spirited set of 10 Latin-tinged originals and standards. Her reference points include jazz, son, timba, cha-cha-cha, calypso and even a bit of Yoruba folklore. Standout tracks include the title track, the swinging descarga “Split,” and Guillermo Rodriguez Fiffe’s 1957 classic “Bilongo.” The musicianship on these tracks is first rate, and the band stretches out smoothly, settling into a relaxed groove early on that never wavers or lets up. First Cause is an impressive debut that should leave listeners begging for seconds. PILAR ALVAREZ

Awesome album with participation of some of the best names in latin and world music jazz scene: Richard Bona, Horacio El negro Hernandez, Oriente Lopez and others. A cuban-latin jazz album perfectly made and well conceived. Michaan with her flute improvisations and subtle plays let's all members of the band take care of business in a group oriented way that is close to a continuos 'descarga' in each song.
(editorial review from mainst_cds/Amazon).

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Adelita Chirino

Kudos to Ms. Michaan, et al
Kudos to Ms. Michaan and the other stellar musicians in First Cause. What a pleasure to be taken on this exotic journey through their music. Suave y caliente! I especially love her original composition, Rhythm of Love, her adaptaton of Ogun Belele, and to my surprise, one of my favorite old classics, Lagrimas Negras. A fabulous listening mix!

Nego Beto / Brazil Beat Magazine

Colette brings together a fascinating crew of musicians.
Jazz flautist Colette Michaan brings her illustrious technique to the fore in First Cause (Creatrix) Her straightforward blend of Latin standards, original compositions and African and Cuban influences makes for an album that will resonate with a wide range of tastes... ...Colette brings together a fascinating crew of musicians for this project, culled from her many years as a major player in the New York jazz scene. Most notable are Richard Bona, Cameroonian virtuoso bassist and Oriente Lopez, Cuban composer/arranger/pianist. We genuinely enjoyed this record, for its superior musicianship and light, effervescent feel.