Wednesday, April 30, 2008

New Album From Cyro Baptista's Banquet of the Spirits OUT NOW!!

Banquet of the Spirits features the tight new quartet led by maestro Cyro Baptista— the fabulous percussionist who has performed with everyone from Herbie Hancock and Yo-Yo Ma to Laurie Anderson, Paul Simon and Medeski, Martin and Wood. Cyro’s endless sonic curiosity and intense rhythmic drive has never been stronger in these fabulous and imaginative original songs. Featuring three of the best young musicians out of the downtown scene and some very special guests, the music jumps from a whisper to a scream and never misses a beat. Delightful music from one of the world’s greatest and most adventurous Brazilian musicians.

Cyro fronts a new quartet on this release featuring keyboardist Brian Marsella (Beat The Donkey), bassist and oud player Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz (John Zorn, Charles Gayle) and drummer Tim Keiper (Vieux Farka Touré, Beat The Donkey). The album also includes standout guest appearances by longtime collaborator and executive producer John Zorn, cellist Eric Friedlander and Gnawa vocalist Hassan Ben Jaffar. A modern day global jazz pioneer, Baptista presents eight far-reaching original compositions and three renditions of classic songs written by Don Cherry and late sitarist/tabla player Collin Walcott.

The album is out now on Tzadik Records!

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Buy Your Copy of Banquet of the Spirits Today!!


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