The members of Orquesta Akokán hail from both Cuba and the U.S., assembled by vocalist and composer José "Pepito" Gómez. They recorded their debut album live to tape in just three days.
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Orquesta Akokán's self-titled debut is a loving tribute to the sax and brass-driven orchestras of the past that operated like one giant rhythm machine.
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Poet Philip Levine (left) and saxophonist Benjamin Boone were both teaching at California State University, Fresno when they began working together on what would become The Poetry Of Jazz.
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