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January 24, 2006

Cuban Jazz in Toronto Tonight

Written by
cindy mcleod

Havana, Cuba born guitarist/vocalist/composer/arranger Luis Mario Ochoa celebrates the tenth anniversary of the debut recording of his swinging Canadian based Latin Jazz nonet, ‘Cimarron’,with the release of the group’s third album, the self titled Cimarron, which means ‘free spirit’.

Special guests include the multiple Grammy Award winner Paquito D’Rivera on clarinet, flugelhorn great Guido Basso and Luis Ochoa Sr. singer, guitarist, and founding member of “Trio Voces de Oro”, one of Cuba’s most enchanting romantic groups. The album also features prominent musicians from Toronto such as Russ Little, Hilario Duran, John Johnson, Paco Luviano, Luis Orbegoso, Chendy Leon, Jeff King, Alexis Baro, David Virelles, Yoser Rodriguez, Luis Guerra, Luis Deniz, Carsten Rubellin, Ricky Franco, Yanker Gonzalez and Alex Brown.

With five captivating original compositions, a couple of Cuban classics, two standards from the U.S. Great American Songbook and a dazzling D’Rivera samba, each of the ten tracks on Cimarron is treated to one of Luis Mario Ochoa’s signature orchestrations that bring together the rhythms of his native Cuba and its Caribbean and South American neighbors with sophisticated harmonies in the jazz tradition. The satisfying arrangements beautifully showcase Ochoa’s attractive voice and supple guitar, as well as the first class musicianship of some of the best Canadian soloists.

‘Cimarron’ is a landmark disc for Luis Mario Ochoa, which for the first time presents the considerable talents of this quadruple threat singer/guitarist composer/arranger to a wider audience, which will bring his gratifying music to Latin-Jazz lovers all over the world!

Luis Mario Ochoa & Friends
Cimarron CD Launch Party
Tuesday, January 24th, 2006 at 8pm
Mod Club – Toronto

For more information and CD purchases visit www.CubanMusicProductions.com

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