For the programme on this CD, the renowned recorder group Flautando Köln explore entirely new directions, interpreting music well outside the normal repertoire for their instruments. Amongst them are pieces by Kurt Weill, Claude Debussy and the jazz great Dizzie Gillespie.
In its native land, František Vláčil’s Marketa Lazarová has been hailed as the greatest Czech film ever made; for many U.S. viewers, it will be a revelation. Based on a novel by Vladislav Vančura, this stirring and poetic depiction of a feud between two rival medieval clans is a fierce, epic, and meticulously designed evocation of the clashes between Christianity and paganism, humankind and nature, love and violence. Vláčil’s approach was to re-create the textures and mentalities of a long-ago way of life, rather than to make a conventional historical drama, and the result is dazzling. With its inventive widescreen cinematography, editing, and sound design, Marketa Lazarová is an experimental action film.
Tjader, after signing for the Verve label, soon achieved great success with the theme 'Guachi guaro' (Dizzie Gillespie and Chano Pozo), prompting Verve to release the LP 'Soul sauce' in 1964 including that track at the beginning, with containing only the first 9 cuts. Later, in 1994, this album was reissued on CD by adding 4 additional tracks as bonus. Like the typical interpretations grunts by Perez Prado, 'Guachi guaro' also became for a time in a signature of Tjader band. The disc is an attractive mix of Latin rhythms such as mambo, samba, bolero or boogaloo and ballads or swing among others, always faithful to the laid back style of Tjader.
Album released in Spain performed by Cuban musician and singer Reinaldo Creagh Verane (Santiago de Cuba, 1918). Reinaldo, an inveterate and quiet cigar smoker worked during his lifein many jobs (carpenter, baker, railroad employee) and was integrated into the musical group 'Estudiantina Invasora' before its ultimate success, once retired, joined the 'Vieja Trova Santiaguera' (1993-2002), a team of five retired musicians who wanted to continue playing Cuban music. Being in the group Reinaldo recorded this solo album dedicated to boleros. He has himself selected the songs performed with her mature voice and recovering arrangements felt that once made musicians like Dizzie Gillespie, Ketama, Juan Enrique Morente or Dog among others.
The sleeve notes say it best: Ray Barretto was one of the true originals of New York Latin music. His career spanned the whole of its post-war development from dancehalls to the stadium-sized salsa concerts of the ’70s and beyond.Born in New York to Puerto Rican parents on April 29, 1929, Ray grew up surrounded by a melting pot of musical influences. Drafted into the army at the age of 17, it was in the immediate post-war Germany that he heard the record that changed his life Manteca by the Dizzie Gillespie band which at the time featured the Cuban percussion legend Chano Pozo on the conga.