I just received my copy of The Rhythmagic Orchestra's debut LP in the mail last night, and after a couple times through, I must say that this new album is a strong contender for record of the year. The Rhythmagic Orchestra is a collaborative project between notable jazz producer Benedic Lamdin of Nostalgia 77 and Sofrito's very own Hugo Mendez. These two acclaimed producers bring together some of London’s finest jazz musicians, including members of Nostalgia 77 Octet, the Plumstead Radical Club, the Alex Wilson Band, Jazz Jamaica and Ska Cubano, to help share their love for Afro-Cuban and Latin jazz. The album features both original compositions as well as a selection of Afro-Cuban classics that help pay tribute to jazz giants like Dizzy Gillespie, Chano Pozo, and Machito. Some of my favorite cuts include "African Mailman", "Afrodisia", "Fish Market Dance", "Afreaka", and "the Afro-Cuban standard in "Manteca". Overall, Benedic Lamdin and Hugo Mendez along with the help of some amazing musicians have produced a brilliant record that sounds like it was written during the late 50's/ early 60's, however recorded with the production quality that you would find in a modern day studio. The vinyl version of the album was pressed in a very limited run, therefore I highly recommend that you don't sleep on what is probably the year's best album to date. A true 21st-century Afro-Cuban gem!
The Rhythmagic Orchestra - African Mailman
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