The New AfroCuban Quartet convenes Omar Sosa’s Camagüey homeboys Leandro Saint-Hill (flute, alto and soprano sax, percussion, lead vocals) and Ernesto Simpson (drums), along with longtime Mozambican collaborator Childo Tomas (electric bass, vocals)—all enormously talented artists. Real Live (recorded at Yokohama’s Motion Blue on September 18, 2013) and the Quartet’s tour appearance at Princeton’s McCarter Theater in April 2014 together reveal the tightest, most evocative ensemble the Cuban pianist-composer has ever assembled.
“Ollu” (excerpt from Live)
Regarding Real Live, Sosa reflects, “There are concerts where you feel so good, you never want to forget.” Indeed, no one knows better than the artist himself. Real Live is as close as one can get to the transcendent quality of an Omar Sosa performance. Those familiar with Sosa’s work will recognize his memorable compositions, but will also perceive something new and compelling in every rendition.
“Toridanzon” (excerpt from Live)