Editors’ Notes "Que vola" is a common Cuban greeting that means “what’s up?” What’s up here is a favorable first meeting of a jazz septet from France and three percussionists from Cuba. Transporting this music beyond standard fusion is Que Vola’s sincere dedication to Afro-Cuban folkloric music’s sacred intentions—to song and rhythm as ritual. The group’s stroke of genius was replacing this music’s traditional vocals with jazz horns, for a sound that summons the spirit of Coltrane along with the blessing of the gods. On the opening “Kabiosile (Saludo a Changó),” horns slowly ascend in search of the deity Changó, while pounding percussion draws him down to earth. On “Iyesa,” the musicians trace a Cuban Yoruban tradition back to its Nigerian source with bebop inspiration. Even a less explicitly prayerful track like “Calle Luz” connects a rumba rhythm and an angular horn arrangement with a sense of ceremonial journey.

SONG
Kabiosile (Saludo a Changó)
1
2:44
 
Nganga
2
7:02
 
Calle Luz
3
3:33
 
Que Vola ?
4
7:02
 
Iyesa
5
5:54
 
Fruta Bomba
6
3:37
 
Resistir
7
11:42
 

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