Bill O’Connell and The Afro Caribbean Ensemble are reviewed by The Jazz Page

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by Glenn Daniels

Bill O'Connell, Wind Off The Hudson
Kari-On Productions client Bill O’Connell, Wind Off The Hudson

Wind Off The Hudson is the stellar new release by pianist Bill O’Connell. Joined by The Afro Caribbean Ensemble, an incredibly talented lineup of musicians, the recording serves as a showcase for O’Connell’s virtuosic piano skills and his talents as a composer and arranger. The effort leans more towards O’Connell’s own tunes than the covers of tunes by John Coltrane, Juan Tizol, Tito Puente, and Duke Ellington, all of which are fantastically arranged and performed. Members of the wonderfully gifted group of players include Andrea Brachfeld on flute, Craig Handy on alto saxophone, Gary Smulyan on baritone sax, Conrad Herwig on trombone, Alex Sipiagin on trumpet, Robby Ameen on drums and Lincoln Goines on bass. This one is musical excellence from start to finish.

Kari Gaffney

Kari Gaffney

Since 1988 Kari-On Productions has helped artists get an even footing in the industry through jazz promotion in the genres of Jazz, World & Latin Jazz through Jazz Radio and Publicity. Why do we do both, because they compliment each other, and we care about fiscal longevity for the artist.

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