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  • An MVD Exclusive
  • SKU: ACD90832
  • Format: CD
  • UPC: 880504908329
  • Street Date: 09/22/23
  • PreBook Date: 08/04/23
  • Label: Alma Records »
  • Genre: Jazz
  • Run Time: 52:31 mins
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Year of Production: 2023
  • Box Lot: 40
  • Territory: US


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Hilario Duran & His Latin Jazz Big Band - Cry Me A River

Duráns "Cry Me A River" big band album presents a fusion of Afro-Caribbean influences, exceptional improvisation, and genre-bending arrangements.

Hilario Duran & His Latin Jazz Big Band - Cry Me A River
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A GRAMMY® finalist for Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella - 66th Annual GRAMMY® Awards (February 4, 2024).

The celebrated Cuban-Canadian composer and piano-master Hilario Durán leads his 19 piece ensemble with special guests Paquito D'Rivera & Horacio "El Negro" Hernández in a stellar big band recording - the first in 17 years.

Through the course of the album the GRAMMY® nominated and Juno Award-winning Durán actively throws overboard melodic, harmonic, and structural hooks that have become expressively blunted through overuse, building big band charts that bloom in color and texture and atmospheric beauty.

Durán integrates a myriad of genres into his singular style on the album - traversing innovations that have made his music uniquely breathtaking. He points to Claudia , a song he arranged while he was touring as Musical Director with Valdés, and features D'Rivera on alto saxophone, as Dizzy Gillespie's Night in Tunisia. Fantasia Impromptu is a kind of jazz-meets classical, via Brazil and Cuba, featuring D'Rivera on clarinet.

Of the title song, Cry Me A River Durán says: " Elizabeth Rodríguez is just fantastic on violin. In her solo she plays deep in the Cuban tradition and follows that with an incredible improvisation!" he says. " Pacá por Juanito is a tribute to Juanito Márquez ," Durán explains, "He was one of the greatest musicians of Cuba the conductor of Orquesta de la Radio y Televisión in the 60's. I learned how to arrange for big band, by studying his scores for that orchestra." Another original is Mambo y Tumbao . "Here, I highlight both traditional forms (mambo) and the revolutionary innovators of Cuban music - the great Bebo Valdés , who invented the 'batanga' rhythm, and the influential bandleader Pérez Prado . And of course, I Remember Mingus is a tribute to Charles Mingus , the great composer, bassist, and bandleader. Check out Marc Rogers ' solo here," Durán says enthusiastically.


Track Listing

  • Pacá por Juanito
  • Mambo y Tumbao
  • Claudia
  • I Remember Mingus
  • Cry Me A River
  • Night In Tunisia
  • Wild Blues
  • Esperando la Carroza (Waiting for the Float)
  • Fantasia Impromptu

Sales Points

  • Over 8 million streams
  • Album features Paquito D'Rivera, Horacio 'El Negro' Hernandez, OKAN
  • Previous Hilario Duran big band album (From The Heart) was nominated for a Grammy Award and won a Juno award
  • Servicing all key jazz publications, full national and regional press including online portals, blogs and websites
  • Strong marketing team with emphasis on social media marketing campaigns geo-targeted to major USA markets
  • Recorded, mixed and mastered in ultra hi-res 24b-192k resolution, and in Dolby Atmos
  • For fans of Chucho Valdes, Bebo Valdes, Frank Emilio, Ruben Gonzalez, Roberto Fonseca, Eliseo Grenet, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Cuban and Latin Jazz, Big Bands, Piano Duets, Chick Corea

Press Quotes

Hilario Durán is an unparalleled pianist, as well as being a composer and arranger of the first order... one of the greatest pianists of this 20th Century.

     —Chucho Valdes, Artist

Hilario Durán is about the hottest pianist in any given genre, straddling jazz and Latin music, but sporting brilliance reserved for the Glenn Goulds, Eddie Palmieris, McCoy Tyner, or Oscar Petersons of this mortal world.....

     —Michael G. Nastos, allmusic

Hilario is simply one hell of a modern jazz pianist who is gifted with what old-time barrelhouse and boogie players used to call 'a left hand like God', and a fertile harmonic and melodic imagination -

     —Jon Newey, Jazz Wise

The four most important contemporary Cuban Pianists that moved Latin Jazz into the 21st Century: Chucho Valdés, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Emiliano Salvador, Hilario Duran. -

     —Chip Boaz, Latin Jazz Corner

'On Cry Me A River, Cuban-Canadian maestro Hilario Durán's first big band recording in nearly two decades, the Grammy nominated and Juno Award-winning pianist, composer and band director leads a 19-piece ensemble with magnificent results.'



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