NEW REGENCY ORCHESTRA - NEW REGENCY ORCHESTRA LP

NEW REGENCY ORCHESTRA - NEW REGENCY ORCHESTRA LP

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RELEASED ON 14.6.2024 ON MR BONGO VIA PROPER  

CATALOGUE NUMBER MRBLP307

Announcing the debut album from one of London's most electrifying acts.

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The 18- piece Afro- Cuban big band's debut album, inspired by the musical

melting pot of NYC in the 1950s, but with the punch and power of a whole

host of London's best Latin and jazz musicians.

"Remember New Regency Orchestra. See how they grow in the next six

months!" - Gilles Peterson

"A hepcat big band given a 21st century London twist with new influences,

arrangements and attitude." - Evening Standard


An 18-piece Afro-Cuban big band, inspired by the musical melting pot of NYC in

the 1950s, but with the punch and power of a whole host of London's best Latin

and jazz musicians . Blowing new life into these compositions, the album is a

reimagining of some of the finest music from that golden era. From early 1950s

Rene Hernandez and Tito Puente, through to the 1970s salsa of Rafael Labasta

and Orlando Marin, produced and performed with fresh fire.

 

NRO is the brainchild of its artistic director, and the man behind Total

Refreshment Centre and Church of Sound , Lex Blondin . Through a long- held

passion for jazz, Lex discovered the explosive Afro-Cuban rhythms of mid-1940s

NYC via the godfather of Afro-Cuban jazz, Mario Bauza. A time when two musical

worlds collided in a fusion of creativity and energy, jazz luminaries like Dizzy

Gillespie and Charlie Parker joining forces with Cuban greats like Machito and

Chano Pozo. This vibrant sound was music to dance to and found a home at The

New York Palladium, a formative space of freedom and expression that was key

to the scene's development.

 

Although dance- focussed in their makeup, those early recordings are not often

heard in modern club environments and Lex dreamt of retelling their story with a

contemporary dynamism . A slice of serendipity followed, as a slot at a new

festival opened up and Lex jumped at the chance to make this idea a reality, an

18-piece big band breathing new life into these beloved songs.

 

Enlisting the expertise of some of the capital's finest talent, Lex and co-captain

Andy Wood , of Como No fame, put together a world- class line- up of talent.

Bringing in Eliane Correa as musical director and bandleader, a fluid and

interchanging 18-piece band was formed.

 

This pure collective joy, shared experience and music you can't help but move to.


Tracks:

1. Pregon

2. Sambaroco

3. Mambo Herd

4. Fiesta Time

5. Para Los Papines

6. Sahib & Tito

7. Scarlet Mambo Hour

8. Papa Boco

9. Labasta Llego

10. Mambo Rama (Lex Blondin Rework)

11. Mango Walk

12. Harlem Jamboree