Omar Sosa is a Cuban composer and pianist who continues to create a world music setting for jazz which includes African themes, folklore expressions, Venezuelan and Moroccan themes, among other motifs. Omar Sosa is always creative and inventive, and his new work, SENTIR, showcases his great talents.
Cuban/Yoruba vocalist Martha Galarraga appears and adds her unique voice to the recording. There are 13 parts to SENTIR. Each one is an unusual musical composition, and the listening audience will select its own favorites. Some of the titles are "Eggun," "Sentir," "Manto Blanco," "Cielo y Mar Azules," "Royo Chango," "Oda al Negro," among others. "Oda al Negro" is a beautiful and visionary work, a showcase for the piano artistry of Omar Sosa. Another selection is the imaginative "Sister in Yellow" which reveals how Omar Sosa combines many jazz themes together in a world music vein of expression.
"Tre Notas en Amarillo" has enough musical energy to light up the state of California for a year or more! A lively work, it will delight listeners.
"Eggun" is one of my favorites in this collection and is a nice work that deserves much radio airplay time. It explores many fine musical options in its playing time of 3:47 minutes.
"Sentir" is a remarkable work, and one that will surprise the listening audience with its intimate complexity. Each time you enjoy listening to this selection, you will discover a new meaning in its musical motifs. Listen to that great piano chord work performed by Sosa.
SENTIR is a most unusual jazz creation and as a world music entry it is unique. Omar Sosa has created a highly creative and pleasing work with SENTIR, and it is a CD which will attract a lot of listeners to Sosa. Excellent production values.
The Omar Sosa Septet will tour the United States this year. Planned appearances are for San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Milwaukee, Albuquerque, among other cities. For those interested in the touring schedule, check it out at their website.