Thursday, April 04, 2019

New Bojaira [When Jazz Falls in Love with Flamenco] Zorongo Blu

On May 5, Jazz/Flamenco fusion group New Bojaira releases a new album, Zorongo Blu (New Bojaira). Featuring jazz legend Randy Brecker on the track titled "El Diablo Llama a Mi Puerta", New Bojaira’s debut release Zorongo Blu, is a collection of original compositions and jazz standards with the addition of the traditional Spanish folk song Zorongo which, when given a bluesy-jazz/flamenco treatment, becomes the vehicle for the band's unique virtuosity and is transformed into the album's title track. 

Each composition on the album has a distinct and original feel, from a flamenco framing of Thelonious Monk’s “Round Midnight” to Hernandez’s setting of two poems by Miguel de Cervantes. Jazz soloing is juxtaposed against the time-tested backdrop of flamenco rhythm.

True American jazz meets deeply rooted flamenco and the drama of flamenco vocals creates something special. With the joining of these two styles from two sides of the Atlantic this is a band that truly personifies the old adage “greater than the sum of its parts”. This is fresh and exciting music.

New Bojaira (Bō-hī-ra) bridges the musical traditions from both sides of the Atlantic delivering a sound that speaks to both Jazz and Flamenco fans. Pianist Jesús Hernández, singer/flautist Alfonso Cid, bassist Tim Ferguson and drummer Mark Holen generate the band’s uncommon energy, with flamenco rhythms and the harmonic depth of jazz, New Bojaira's music transcends both styles creating a new and wonderful synthesis.

Stream “El Diablo Llama a Mi Puerta” HERE

Zorongo Blu Track Listing: El Diablo Llama a Mi Puerta (Soleá Blues) * Jaleos del Celoso Extremeño La Africana (Guajira) Green Room Farruca de Argel Round Midnight Zorongo Blu (Zorongo por Seguiriya) Ese Meneo (Tanguillo) No Encuentro Tu Pasión (Rumba) Vente Pa’ Broadway (Bulería) * with Randy Brecker.

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