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March 11, 2019

music for monday: ‘america’
posted by soe 1:39 am

Last week, I shared with a song from one of the cds I bought at our bookstore’s member sale. Today, I thought I’d share a song off the other.

New York City jazz instrumentalist and composer Bobby Sanabria has reimagined the soundtrack to West Side Story by emphasizing and emboldening the Latin American musical roots of story. The bones of Leonard Bernstein’s score is still there, but it’s now more authentically Puerto Rican thanks to the 21-piece Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band.

If you’re familiar at all with the movie or show (and probably even if you aren’t), you’ll know “America.” But maybe this “America” is a more representative one:

If you like what you hear, this mostly instrumental version of West Side Story Reimagined is for sale as both a double cd and as a download. Partial proceeds from the Grammy-nominated album go to the Jazz Foundation of America’s Puerto Rico Relief Fund, so you can really feel good while dancing around your living room or bopping along in your car (although maybe not so much once you get to the ending — SPOILER — of the doomed love story).

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