When two of the most acclaimed modern explorers of Cuban music combine their prodigious talents on the music they love, musical magic happens. Jane Bunnett and Hilario Duran are both virtuoso players, arrangers, composers, and bandleaders in their own right. The musical excellence of their debut recording, Rhapsody Cubana, will come as no surprise, though its sound will turn some heads. Both Duran and Bunnett are famed for their innovative take on contemporary Latin jazz and Cuban styles. They are jazz players, after all, so improvization is part of their musical DNA. Rhapsody Cubana could be termed the Cuban equivalent of The Great American Songbook, full of passion and melody, the very essence of Cuban music. When, as on this tour, they add the internationally-celebrated conguerist Candido, who is 91 years young, we are in for a rare treat!! Conga player, Candido de Guerra Camero was born in Havana, Cuba, on April 22, 1921. He names Max Roach and Kenny Clarke as primary inspirations. Over several decades he combined his highly developed Afro-Cuban artistry with disco, funk, and practically anything else that was in the air. He is among the most ubiquitous of the Cuban and Caribbean percussionists who enlivened and enriched the musical landscape of North America during the second half of the 20th century, and has recorded with everyone from Dizzy Gillespie to Tony Bennett. A triumphant Candido has now sailed through the first years of the 21st century as resilient, creative, and full of life as ever. These three promise a thrilling evening of Cuban music, treated with love and respect !
- Jane Bunnettsoprano sax and flute
- Hilario Duranpiano