Omar Sosa: The Afro-Cuban Alchemist of Jazz & His Acclaimed Sextet
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The last date listed for Omar Sosa Afri-Lectric Sextet was Sunday November 3, 2013 / 7:00pm.
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Omar Sosa is a very talented pianist with a cutting edge improvisational style. However, his group compositions and stage theatrics are not so good. About half of this concert featured good ensemble playing and soloing, the other half sounded unformed and unfinished as though the band was hoping someone would play something good to fill the void. About 25% of the show consisted of very lame 1-4-5-4 Guantanamera changes with nothing interesting added - and this at a Miles Davis Tribute show? It appeared they didn't have enough material to fill the show. The extensive use of drum machines and recorded tracks was pitiful and merely exposed the lack of a real percussionist in this ensemble, whose compositions conspicuously require one? Sosa's tendency towards pompous stage posing is a total turnoff to those of us who simply prefer good music. Peter Appfelbaum was strong as always and much of Sosa's arrangements sounded like weak echoes of the Hieroglyphics Ensemble of yore.
The Sextet includes:
Marque Gilmore, drums
Childo Tomas,_ electric bass_
Joo Kraus, trumpet
Leandro Saint-Hill, alto saxophone
Peter Apfelbaum, tenor saxophone