According to JazzTimes, the O’Farrill Brothers Band “displays a maturity and polish that one might expect from an older, more veteran group of musicians.” All About Jazz concurs: in their words, the group is “reaching a level of artistic confidence that eludes most musicians of any age…an already airborne crew of mighty musical flyers.”
At a very young age, Adam and Zack O’Farrill have made serious strides. The two sons of GRAMMY-winning pianist Arturo O’Farrill co-lead the O’Farrill Brothers Band, which The Wall Street Journal proclaims “bristles with confidence and creativity.” They have already performed with a range of artists: between the two of them, the list includes Stefon Harris, Arturo O’Farrill, Benny Golson, DJ Logic, Kenny Burrell, and James Moody.
“Afro-Latin music is a mixing pot of countless sounds, ideas, and influences from countless places and people,” says Adam O’Farrill. “Right now, I’m really working on making music that’s also a mixing pot, but of jazz, classical, rock, electronic, Middle Eastern, hip-hop, and many more, in the same way that Latin music was created.” It appears to be working; Larry Blumenfeld writes, “the music fits within a landscape of inventive jazz from a generation of players in New York who are catholic in their tastes, fluent in many styles, and capable of great compassion within a band.”
On Friday, the O’Farrill Brothers Band will take the stage at our new home (1160 Broadway, 5th floor) for the first time to celebrate the release of their new album,Sensing Flight (Zoho). JazzTimes proclaims: “The band performs the often challenging arrangements with total commitment and an adventurous spirit, making for an enthralling listening experience.”
We’ve featured the O’Farrills in several Jazz Speaks posts (you can read more, including words from the artists, here, here, and here). On this occasion, we’re pleased to bring you an exclusive first listen: stream “Drive,” the first track from Sensing Flight, via the player below:[audio http://jazzspeaks.org/