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Gran Danzon / Martha Councell-vargas

Sas / Gamboa / Caliendo
Release Date: 02/11/2014 
Label:  Blue Griffin   Catalog #: 307  
Composer:  Andres SasEduardo GamboaChristopher CaliendoPaquito D'Rivera
Performer:  Martha Councell-VargasRichard SteinbachOlman Piedra

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This album of works for flute and piano celebrates the great tradition of Latin American music, and the Americas as a whole, with a design that gives a special tip of the hat to the bygone era of musical showmanship and glitzy pop-culture of Cuban dance orchestra musicians in the 1940’s and 50’s. A specialist of music from Latin America and the Caribbean, acclaimed flutist Martha Councell-Vargas offers works by Andres Sas, Eduardo Gamboa, Christopher Caliendo and the incomparable Paquito D’Rivera, who contributes the title track Gran Danzo?n, and his support: “I love Martha Councell- Vargas “fluteism” and sense of humor. Her new CD is excellent: ...impeccable playing... and the rendition of my Gran Danzo?n is right in the pocket!” All Read more infused with the festive and celebratory spirit that marks the distinctive sound of the Americas, the four works not only reflect this great tradition, but do so within the realm of Euro-classical form. With Gran Danzo?n, Martha Councell-Vargas invites the listener to explore the contagious sounds of the Americas, and discover through the diversity and similarities of these works, a universal Americanism. Read less

Works on This Recording

Sonatina-Fantasia for Flute and Piano by Andres Sas
Performer:  Martha Councell-Vargas (Flute), Richard Steinbach (Piano)
Transparencias by Eduardo Gamboa
Performer:  Martha Councell-Vargas (Flute), Richard Steinbach (Piano)
Sonata for Flute and Piano no 7 "Jazz Sonata" by Christopher Caliendo
Performer:  Martha Councell-Vargas (Flute), Richard Steinbach (Piano)
Gran Danzón by Paquito D'Rivera
Performer:  Richard Steinbach (Piano), Martha Councell-Vargas (Flute), Olman Piedra (Percussion)

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