REVIEW: The O’Farrill Brothers Band’s “Sensing Flight”

O'Farrill Brothers Band photo OFarrillBros_cover_zps5f3e7d45.jpg When it comes to brothers Adam & Zack O’Farrill, I always think “when are they ever NOT in flight? They, along with brother Arturo, are constantly performing and recording in the studio and releasing fine music. For Adam and Zack, Sensing Flight (Zoho) is a continuation of their life’s blood and what they do in order to survive and keep themselves going.

Most of the songs here are Adam originals, along with one contribution from tenor saxophonist Livio Almeida (“Action And Reaction”), but everyone in the band display their musicianship and compatibility when they cover Carla Bley’s “Wrong Key Donkey”. It very much sounds like a busy New York City street, complete with trumpets and saxophones moving from left to right. Other tracks like “Monet”, “Broken Wings”, “Sensations”, and “Full Measure” definitely owe a bit to the smoothed out jazz sensations of ECM Records during the 1970’s, and their take of Billy Strayhorn’s “Upper Manhattan Medical Group” will definitely perk up a few ears.

The six musicians on this album (which include Adam Kromelow on piano, Raviv Markovitz on bass, and Gabe Schnider on guitar) are young and eager, but ready to become champions in their own world, while wanting to share their winning ways with anyone willing to listen. A brilliant album from start to finish.

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