Cuban pianist/composer Omar Sosa has emerged from the recording studio with yet another fascinating musical perspective.
Cuban pianist/composer Omar Sosa has emerged from the recording studio with yet another fascinating musical perspective. The artist's 2-year-old Prietos was a visionary amalgamation of voice, Afro-Cuban, North African, and post-bop influences; Sentir builds on these musical preoccupations in dazzling fashion. Sosa works with artists from Morocco, the U.S., Venezuela, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic, creating complex tunes that often feature vocals—"Sucesion en Blanco," "Rojo Changó," and "Manto Blanco"—sung in Yoruba, Spanish, and Arabic, or combinations thereof. As a stylist, he deftly invokes Andalusia, the Maghreb, and Cuba in a single number, as on "Opening for Elegguá." The spoken word (English), provided by rap artist Sub-Z (Terence Nicholson), is seamlessly integrated into Sosa's expansive jazz groove on several tracks, including "Manto Blanco" and "Sister in Yellow." Sosa is one of the truly illuminated minds of world jazz. Racked by Harmonia Mundi in the U.S.—PVV