The Blue Note Presents: Francisco Mela

The Blue Note presents: Francisco Mela (From New York)

The Cuban-born drummer Francisco Mela is a favorite among jazz’s elite instrumentalists (such as Joe Lovano, John Scofield, JoanneBrackeen & Kenny Barron) , all of whom cite his charisma, sophistication, andlife-affirming spirit. He brings to this impassioned performance compositionsinspired by family – his recently departed father and his newborn son.

For his newest CD, he assembles a superior cast of playmates- Jason Moran, Lionel Loueke, Mark Turner and Larry Grenadier – for this liverecording captured at the Blue Note Club in New York City.  Together they make music informed by therhythms of Mela’s homeland, while also going beyond into adventurous modernjazz.

‘, the best debut by a jazz artist in 2006’ The Village Voice firstannual jazz critics poll

Personnel: To Be Announced with Francisco Mela(Drums).