September 2012 CD of the Month
Bobby Sanabria Big Band "Multiverse" Jazzheads
Since 1999, Bobby has been the lead instructor for Afro-Cuban Jazz History and Ensembles at the Manhattan School of Music, considered to have one of the finest music curriculums in the USA. Sanabria and his MSM student band have previously recorded 2 CDs, both of which were nominated for Best Album of the Year by the Latin Grammy®. Bobby Sanabria and the MSM Afro-Cuban Big Band’s newest album, Multiverse for the Jazzheads label has received the highest critical acclaim and is on its way to garner numerous awards.
After a short stint with Mongo Santamaría, Bobby became a member of the Mario Bauzá Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra, the “Godfather of Afro-Cuban Jazz”, Bauzá took Sanabria under his tutelage. After the demise of Mario Bauzá, Bobby formed several of his own ensembles as well as teaching and conducting the Manhattan School of Music Big Band.
One of the highlights of Multiverse, is the tribute track, The Chicken From Havana to Harlem-100 Years of Mario Bauzá. Other standout selections are the Afro-Cuban Jazz Suite for Ellington and ¡Que Viva Cándido! Bobby Sanabria’s Multiverse has taken musical creativity into the future while honoring past traditions, a truly rare and unique experience, I’d call it cosmic!