AfroCuban Roots

AfroCuban Roots

Yosvany Terry, a New York City resident, is known as a brilliant saxophonist, chekere virtuoso, and visionary composer who masterfully melds the traditional sounds of his native Cuba with innovation, fiery post-bop, and sophisticated harmonies. Inspired by the music of the Afro-Cuban ceremonial repertoire, Terry’s new album, New Throned King, introduces the Afro-Cuban Roots: Ye-dé-gbé ensemble. It writes a new chapter of Latin jazz by drawing on an endangered but deep branch of Afro-Cuban heritage: the Arará tradition, from the territory that is now in the African nation of Benin, formerly known as Dahomey. In the region’s Fon language, Ye-dé-gbé means “with the approval of the spirits,” and the ensemble’s music is indeed highly spirited and powerful. Featuring the core of Terry’s acclaimed Quintet augmented by three percussionists playing original Arará drums, a dancer, and collective vocal work, Yosvany Terry & Afro-Cuban-Roots: Ye-dé-gbé bring the Arará culture to new life in passionate and exhilarating performances, blending influences from West Africa, Cuba, and American jazz into an organic, highly virtuosic, and irresistibly infectious mix. The group features longstanding collaborators: Osmany Paredes, piano; Yunior Terry, bass; Justin Brown, drums; Pedrito Martinez, percussion & lead vocals; Roman Diaz and Sandy Perez, percussion; and dancer Francisco Barroso.