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Music from Cuba & P.R. carry prominent role in new feature film
The House That Jack Built
Billboard Film & TV Music Conference Oct. 29-30 @ W Hotel Holllywood
After its much anticipated premier at the 2013 Los Angeles film Festival this past July, The House That Jack Built is a new motion picture coming your way after a nearly 20-year long journey. This was the last script written by Joseph Vasquez, whose 1991 film HANGIN' WITH THE HOMEBOYS was a rare Latino themed hit in the early days of the American Indie movement. With the blessings of Joe's mother, producers Mike Lieber and Sam Kitt (Love And Basketball) kept alive the idea of turning the script into a film, which was then filmed on location in New York by director Henry Barrial.
Quick summary: With the hope of re-creating his gauzy vision of good times gone by, Jack is pot dealer who buys a Bronx building into which he moves his extended family. When his relatives fail to meet his nostalgic expectations, Jack tries to force them to conform. Instead, he learns a sad lesson about the strength and limitations of family bonds.
Music for the film includes Celosa, a Cuban son by 2013 Grammy nominee Raúl Lara, an old-school, Trio-Los-Panchos love song La Golondrina del Amor by boricua Willie "El Zentinela" Delgado, the Afro-Cuban grooves of Vissión Latina with Que Sabor Tiene Odalys, a lively plena from Plena LIbre with Que Rico Tumbao, the dark urban vibe of Hay Que Frontear courtesy of LG el Xtrasensorial and the ending scene cue from another boricua Tropmontune with Que Pasará.
A red-carpet film screening of The House That Jack Built is scheduled for New York early October (stay tuned for the exact date). It will be the first film in a series called PROYECTO NEXT, sponsored by HBO.
Speaking of music in film, the Billboard Film & TV Music Conference is scheduled for October 29 & 30 at the W Hotel in Hollywood. Highlights include talks on the expanding role of music publishers -- the key players behind the scenes securing uses of songs for film and TV projects -- and a keynote address by Alexandra Patsavas, whose credits include "Scandal", “Mad Men”, "Hart of Dixie", "Gossip Girl", "The O.C.", the “Twilight Saga”, "Perks of Being a Wallflower", and the upcoming film “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”. Use the code LPM13 to register here.
New Releases and Coming Attractions
Available Now: Expectativas by Manuel Valera & New Cuban Express
Expectativas is the second New Cuban Express recording, and like the first one, it is extraordinary. You can read a review of the recording here. Better yet, an extended sample of one of the TimbaJazz tracks, Chamber Timba, is posted on manuelvalera.com
This is available now through CD Baby, Amazon.com and iTunes. The group will be performing at a CD release party November 6 at the Jazz Standard in New York.
Available September 17: Conga Buena by the AC Jazz Project
Conga Buena is a potent mix of Afro-Cuban Jazz and modern Cuban dance music, and the AC Jazz Project, led by Josiel Pérez (ex-Maraca and Klimax) features alumni of many of Cuba's best bands. This recording features some heavy hitters like Luis Conte, Jimmy Branly, Kamasi Washington and Dennis Chambers. The recording will be available for purchase from CD Baby and iTunes. The group will be performing its CD release party on September 26 at the Catalina Jazz Club in Los Angeles, California.
Available October 18: Con la música cubana no by Timbalive
Timbalive is coming out with a brand new Timba album, Con la música Cubana no, on October 18. The group will be touring Europe in November 2013. More about the album closer to the release date, but in the meantime, Timbalive has been floating a single from the album. Here is their official video of that song, Conmigo No:
Michele Rosewoman's New Yor-Uba Historic Recording is Released
Román Díaz, Pedrito Martínez, Yunior Terry and much more
Tom Ehrlich was present for most of the rehearsals, recording and two concerts of this 30th Anniversary New Yor-Uba project and has published the beginning of an extensive gallery/report.
Here are Tom's initial report and photos. A more complete report to posted soon.
Final SJ Jazz Summer Fest Galleries
Tom Ehrlich Galleries 6 & 7
Gallery 6 includes Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Arturo Riera's award ceremony and Vissión Latina.
Gallery 7 covers the big timba finale: Wil Campa y su Gran Unión and the all-star jazz group The Cookers.
In summary, here's our coverage of this great event: