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Chico O'Farrill

For over half a century, he was one of a pantheon of innovators who fused the soul-wrenching rhythms of African Cuba with the sweet harmonies of American jazz. Longtime admirers of the Latin jazz genre know O’Farrill as a master of sweeping, symphonic compositions that embraced his love of Debussy, Stravinsky, and the mambo; and as a bandleader who keeps alive the roar of a full dance band, as conductor of the Chico O’Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Big Band, which played New York’s Birdland every Sunday night.

For much of his career he worked quietly in the background, crafting music that became a showcase for others: “Undercurrent Blues” for Benny Goodman; “Afro-Cuban Jazz Suite” for Charlie Parker and the Machito orchestra; “Trumpet Fantasy,” premiered at Lincoln Center in 1996 with soloist Wynton Marsalis; and more than 80 arrangements for Count Basie.

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Albums

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Heart Of A Legend
DRG Records
1999
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Cuban Blues: The Chico O'Farrill Sessions
Cuban Blues: The...
Verve Music Group
1996
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Chico's Cha Cha Cha
DRG Records
1988
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Super Chops
DRG Records
1977
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Latin Roots
DRG Records
1976
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Manteca / Hip Hug Her
DRG Records
1967
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