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•   “The most important thing I look for in a musician,  is whether he knows how to listen.”  — Duke Ellington 
Location: Cuba, New York City
Album release: September 15, 2014
Record Label: David Bixler Music/Music Bix
Duration:     72:59
Tracks:
01. Bear Island Reel     8:30
02. Cleveland     8:31
03. Slink     8:39
04. Richie Dwyer's Reel     8:46
05. The Wind That Shakes the Barley     8:22
06. Heron's Egg     8:40
07. Marquis of Huntley     7:02
08. Angry White Man     9:06
09. Workmanship (Air)     5:25
Personnel:
•   David Bixler — Alto Saxophone
•   Arturo O'Farrill — Piano
•   Heather Martin Bixler — Violin
•   Carlo De Rosa — Acoustic & electric bass
•   Vince Cherico — Drums & cymbals
Special Guests:
•   Mike Stern — Guitar (tracks 3 & 9)
•   Isaac Alderson — Uilleann pipes (track 9)
Written by:
•   Finbar Dwyer 1, 6
•   David Bixler 2, 3, 8
•   Richie Dwyer 4
•   Robert Dwyer Joyce 5
•   William Marshall 7
•   Heather Bixler 9
Credits:
•   Isaac Alderson Guest Artist, Uillean Pipes
•   David Bixler Arranger, Composer, Group Member, Primary Artist, Sax (Alto)
•   Heather Bixler Composer
•   Heather Martin Bixler Group Member, Violin
•   Mark Bunce Mastering
•   Vince Cherico Cymbals, Drums, Group Member
•   Carlo DeRosa Bass (Acoustic), Bass (Electric), Group Member
•   Finbar Dwyer Composer
•   Richie Dwyer Composer
•   Robert Dwyer Joyce Composer
•   Jon Macapodi Photography
•   Tim Marchiafava Assistant
•   William Marshall Composer
•   Katherine Miller Engineer, Mixing
•   Katsu Naito Engineer
•   Arturo O'Farrill Group Member, Liner Notes, Piano
•   Mike Stern Featured Artist, Guest Artist, Guitar
Review
Tim Wilkins, WBGO digital content producer
•   The Auction Project's album Slink stakes out uncommon musical territory, a place where Celtic reels merge with gospel and funk, as if it were the most natural thing on earth.
•   In these hands, this combination does sound perfectly natural, and at times transcendent — with Dave Bixler on alto sax, Heather Martin Bixler on violin, Arturo O'Farrill on piano, Carlo De Rosa on bass and Vince Cherico on drums, with a guest appearance by Mike Stern on electric guitar.
•   "Marquis of Huntley" is one track that demonstrates the unlikely chemistry between these two genres: Heather Martin Bixler takes the Scottish Strathspey dance rhythm and folds it into Cherico's funky groove.
•   "Richie Dwyer's Reel" takes an Irish tune down a different path, into straight–ahead swing. On "Heron's Egg," O'Farrill and De Rosa find inspiration in the syncopated pattern of an Irish jig to take flight into a Cuban fantasy.
•   Heather Martin Bixler's violin offers several of the album's most revelatory moments: she takes "The Wind That Shakes The Barley," a nineteenth–century ballad of Irish rebellion, and turns it into a quiet duet with O'Farrill, which sets an evocative scene with just the right measures of jazz improvisation and Irish ornamentation.
Her hymn–like composition "Workmanship" closes the album, with high lonesome touches on guitar added by Stern. As elsewhere of this album, no one overplays, which only adds to the flavor.
•   “The trust and absence of unnecessary ego result in moments of trapeze–like abandonment,” says O'Farrill, “where it feels like flying.” :: http://www.wbgo.org/
Biography
•   A veteran figure of the Afro-Cuban jazz movement, Arturo O'Farrill was born in Cuba and grew up in New York City. The son of big–band leader Chico O'Farrill, Arturo was educated at the Manhattan School of Music and the Brooklyn College Conservatory. From 1979–1983, he played piano with the Carla Bley Big Band. O'Farrill then went on to develop his skills as a solo performer with a wide spectrum of artists, including Wynton Marsalis, Dizzy Gillespie, Steve Turre, Papo Vazquez, the Fort Apache Band, Lester Bowie, and Harry Belafonte.
•   In 1995, O'Farrill agreed to direct Chico O'Farrill's Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra in residence at New York City's Birdland nightclub; the band also performed throughout the world. As a bandleader in his own right, O'Farrill recorded material for Milestone Records, 32 Jazz, and M & I. Those recordings (Blood Lines, A Night in Tunisia, and Cumana) provided listeners with an overview of the musical environment in which O'Farrill was raised. He also made appearances on numerous records, including Habanera with Alberto Shiroma and the soundtrack to the critically acclaimed movie Calle 54. Arturo was a special guest soloist at three landmark Jazz at Lincoln Center concerts — Afro-Cuban Jazz: Chico O'Farrill's Afro–Cuban Jazz Orchestra, November 1995, Con Alma: The Latin Tinge in Big Band Jazz, September 1998, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Gala: The Spirit of Tito Puente, November 2001. In March 2002, he was also the featured artist in Jazz at Lincoln Center's Jazz in the Schools Tour, when he led a Latin jazz quintet for 24 educational performances that reached over 5,000 people throughout the N.Y.C. metropolitan schools. He again participated in this educational tour in 2002 and continued to direct the orchestra that preserved much of his father's music. The year 2008 saw him partnering with vocalist Claudia Acuña for In These Shoes, a stylish offering of jazz and Latin music. Two years later he released The Auction Project, featuring David Bixler, an acoustic post–bop date with a Celtic influence. In February 2011, he followed with 40 Acres and a Burro, an outing for his Afro–Latin Jazz Orchestra. A solo piano date titled The Noguchi Sessions appeared later in 2011; for that album, O'Farrill was recorded alone after–hours at the Noguchi Museum on Long Island.
•   As a producer, he helmed the sessions for Adam Kromelow's Youngblood album and participated in a quartet known as the Puppeteers with Jaime Affoumado, Bill Ware, and Alex Blake. Their self–titled offering was released in March of 2014. O'Farrill followed it in May with the release of his next Afro–Latin Orchestra date, The Offense of the Drum.
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