CUBAN-BORN DRUMMER FRANCISCO MELA assembles a superior cast
(Jason Moran, Lionel Loueke, Mark Turner and Larry Grenadier) for this live
recording, his first, captured at the Blue Note. Together they make music
informed by the rhythms of Melaís homeland, yet stylistically inclusive and
adventurous in its reach.
Mela is a favorite among jazzís elite instrumentalists, all of whom cite his
charisma, sophistication, and life-affirming spirit. He brings to this impassioned
performance compositons inspired by family Ė his recently departed father,
his newborn son. In the process, he evinces a versatility rare among players.
Francisco Mela represents a new breed of jazz cat, one steeped in the rich
traditions of musical cultures from near and far, and one whose music confidently leads us onward.
RECORDED LIVE AT THE BLUE NOTE