The Orisha Suite is inspired by some of the Afro-Cuban deities—or orishas—from Lucumí religious lore, with the exception of the soulful, funky, danceable and exquisite opening cut, which is dedicated to—and inspired by—the daughter of the date's leader. As such, nonetheless, the recording is a sonic interpretation of some of the theological tenets associated with this particular religious phenomenon so richly endowed with musical potential. The Orisha Suite has shown that Mossman knows not only how to cast a crew that can communicate and perform together at the level that his music requires, but also how to impersonate his own compositions accordingly as a player with a rich and beautiful tone, fine technique, an inexhaustible well of ideas, and New York street smarts.
For over 60 years Carlos "Patato" Valdés demonstrated how a musician could combine technical skill with superb showmanship. His conga playing demonstrated the fusion of melody and rhythm. It also reflected his keen understanding of rhythm as a biological constant that is rooted, quite literally, in the human heartbeat. During his performances, Patato even mastered the art of playing his congas while dancing on top of them, to the delight of the audience. UNICO Y DIFERENTE is Patato at his best in a Latin-Jazz setting.