Blue Engine Records Announces 180gram Vinyl Release of Live in Cuba
New York, NY – September 15, 2016 – On October 28, 2016, Blue Engine Records will release its highly acclaimed inaugural title, Live in Cuba by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, as a deluxe vinyl box set. The box set—which features four LPs, an extensive booklet, and a full album download with a bonus, never-before-heard track, “Oo Na Ney,” is available now for preorder on Amazon.
Hailed by the New York Times as “supercharged” and “a suave delight,” Live in Cuba captures nine-time Grammy Award-winning Wynton Marsalis and the world-renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra’s first and only performances in Cuba. This new album is Blue Engine’s second vinyl release and presents an historic performance as it was meant to be heard.
Originally released on August 21, 2015 as a digital and CD release, Live in Cuba is now available on 180-gram vinyl. The 24-page booklet features extensive liner notes—including an essay by Cuba tour director and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra bassist Carlos Henriquez—detailing the historical significance of the residency as well as a beautiful photo journal of the orchestra’s trip. This special edition also provides listeners with “Oo Na Ney,” a grooving 20-minute take on a traditional Cuban jam performed by the Wynton Marsalis Quintet with Chucho Valdes & the Afro-Cuban Messengers.
Recorded in front of clamorous, sold-out crowds over three nights at Havana’s Mella Theatre in October 2010, Live in Cuba finds the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis performing Ellington standards, Afro-Cuban numbers, and distinctly modern compositions from band members. Live in Cuba is the orchestra’s first album in five years and a document of two nations’ indelible cultural connections and of an emotional reunion between long-lost musical cousins. In its review of Live in Cuba, the Chicago Tribune wrote, “Playing Afro-Cuban repertoire, jazz classics and contemporary works, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra may have done more for American-Cuban relations in a single week than all the political rhetoric generated from both sides of the Straits of Florida for the past 60-plus years.”