Perhaps better than any politician or diplomat, musicians -- especially jazz musicians, whose craft is in many ways an improvised form of communication -- understand inherently that when we look at each other as individuals and focus on the similarities, the divide between us is actually very short -- less than a hundred miles.
Vibraphonist Stefon Harris, saxophonist David Sánchez and trumpeter Christian Scott first crossed that divide on their acclaimed two-disc CD/DVD package, Ninety Miles, released June 21, 2011. Recorded during the same trip, their first and only live performance, Ninety Miles Live At Cubadisco, is set for digital release September 25, 2012 (international release dates may vary) on Concord Picante exclusively on iTunes.
Ninety Miles Live At Cubadisco was recorded May 18, 2010 at Cubadisco, one of the biggest music festivals in Cuba, at Teatro Amadeo Roldán in Havana, with the help of some highly talented Cuban musicians -- pianists Harold López-Nussa and Rember Duharte, each leading their own quartets. This seven-song live set further explores the chemistry of Ninety Miles and takes their virtuosity to another level as musicians from different cultures converse in a common language that transcends words.
"The entire experience was about the power of music to communicate and break down some of the barriers that result from language and politics and culture," says John Burk, Chief Creative Officer of Concord Music Group and producer of Ninety Miles and Ninety Miles Live At Cubadisco, along with Chris Dunn, Senior Director of A&R. "I was particularly impressed with Harold and Rember," Burk says. "I found it really interesting that these musicians had studied and embraced the jazz genre (an American art form) and taken it to such a high level." While Ninety Miles was a snapshot of the rehearsals just prior to the 2010 live performance, Ninety Miles Live At Cubadisco is a high powered musical look back at the week's events, culminating in the first and only time they would all perform together live.