Friday, January 3, 2020
Latin CD of the Month - "Pacific Mambo Orchestra: The III Side"
Pacific Mambo Orchestra: "The III Side" (self-release)
On January 4, 2020, the GRAMMY winning Pacific Mambo Orchestra released their new fabulous album "The III Side." It's a new chapter in the history of latin (big) bands. The amazing repertoire goes from Dizzy Gillespie to Sergei Rachamaninoff, from David Foster (the Chaka Khan hit previously jazzed by Eliane Elias) to Aaron Copland. Flawless sound quality too. Grammy, please!
Known as the Pacific Mambo Orchestra Sound, the ensemble masterfully blends Timba, Cha Cha Cha, Mambo and Bolero with classical and pop sounds to create a sonic tapestry that is uniquely its own. This dynamic new recording features danceable melodies, intelligent arrangements, superb musicianship and infectious energy over the course of 9 tracks.
Featured guests on The III Side include GRAMMY® winning percussionist Dafnis Prieto, GRAMMY®nominated trumpeter Jon Faddis, singer extraordinaire Herman Olivera and renowned guitarist Alex Britti.
Highlights on The III Side include opener “Mr. B’s Mambo”, which starts off the project with a direct nod to “The Big 3”: Machito, Tito Puente and Tito Rodriguez; sure to be summer banger “Mi Carnival”; and the gorgeous bolero “Le Temps d’un Horizon” which features lyrics in English and French penned and performed by Christelle Durandy. PMO tackles two Dizzy Gillespie tunes on The III Side with the help of Jon Faddis and Dafnis Prieto shine on a bright arrangement of “Night In Tunisia” and versatile guitarist Alex Britti on “Birks Works”.
The III Side features some surprising repertoire as well. “Mambo Rachmaninoff” is a brilliant arrangement by co-leader Christian Tumalan of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “2nd Piano Concerto” that pays homage to the beautiful piano concertos of the Romantic Period while infusing it with Danzon, Mambo, Guaguanco and even Tango rhythms. Another unusual addition is an arrangement of Aaron Copeland's “Fanfare for the Common Man” and a horn heavy take on Chaka Khan’s classic “Through The Fire”.
Now celebrating their tenth year, PMO’s big break came when their independently produced, crowd-funded self titled debut took home the GRAMMY ® for Best Tropical Latin Album in 2013. In 2017, they released a live recording Live from Stern Grove San Francisco. Throughout their very busy decade, the band has performed at top venues such as the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Aspen Jazz Festival, SF Jazz, and many others. Most recently, the band sold out their run at Yoshi’s Oakland in January of this year in celebration of The III Sides’s release.
With the release of The III Side, Pacific Mambo Orchestra solidifies itself as not just a West Coast cultural institution, but as one of the world’s leading Latin Orchestras.