Francisco Mora-Catlett & Afrohorn

Thursday, October 19


Afro-Latino drummer Francisco Mora-Catlett has participated in some of the most exciting experiments in jazz history, ranging from Sun Ra to Max Roach's M'Boom Percussion Choir. With his AfroHORN project, Mora-Catlett, a formidable composer and conceptualist, maps the secret paths that connect avantgarde jazz to Cuban folklore, African mysticism and Latin American surrealism. His new CD, "Rare Metal" features a multi-cultural and multi-generational band, with Cuban stars Aruan Ortiz on piano and Roman Diaz on percussion, Rashaan Carter on bass, the celebrated soprano sax player Sam Newsome and Alex Harding on baritone sax. Their live shows have been generating significant buzz: famed bassist Henry Grimes and heavyweight jazz commentator Amiri Baraka have come to see them; illustrious jazzmen Jack Walrath, Donald Harrison, Steve Turre and J.D. Allen have jammed with the band at Jazz Standard -the 2013 WInter Jazzfest - The Detroit Jazz Festival 2013.


"Led by the drummer and composer Francisco Mora-Catlett, AfroHORN seeks a mystical but earthy vision of rhythm and folklore, inspired not only by Afro-Cuban music but also the Sun Ra Arkestra, in which Mr. Mora-Catlett played in the 1970s." - The New York Times


"Conceived while Mexican-American drummer Francisco Mora-Catlett was living and working with Sun Ra, Afro Horn infuses Cuban rhythms with an avant-garde sensibility more oriented toward transcendence than disassociation. It grooves hard...." - The Village Voice


"....a mesmerizing mix of West African and Afro-Cuban traditions with contemporary jazz, a grounding of vivid percussion supporting melodies that are both anthemic and tuneful." - Jon Garelick Downbeat - 4 Stars ****


"Sun Ra Orchestra alum Francisco Mora-Catlett is a highly talented drummer and composer, and his AfroHORN project is where he explores his creativity, painting a musical canvas that turns listeners into thinkers...the band, featuring Sam Newsome, Roman Diaz, Aruan Ortiz, Rashaan Carter, and Alex Harding... seize the opportunity to work their magic and stretch out the possibilities of jazz. " - Ernest Barteldes Newcity Music


"...exudes a funkiness that would make George Clinton proud." - John Murph NPR: A Blog Supreme


"Some of the most inventive and wildly original music to be played and heard since the first progressive rumbles of the early 60s. This release should be considered one of this years best releases and Mora-Catletts apotheosis as a master musician. - Steve Bryant iROCK JAZZ



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