Baila, caballo, baila

acrylic on wood
by Theresa Rosado

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"Baila, caballo, baila" by Theresa Rosado, the painting featured on Jazzismo's CD "Salsa Strut".

The chubby horse hoofing it up in this painting began as a desire to capture the feeling of joy. I had started numerous sketches for a children's book. After spending a year and a half with various ideas and no interests from publishers, I gave up the idea and shifted back to painting for exhibits and galleries. One saultry summer night beneath a beautiful sky filled with stars I danced to "Wayne Gorbea y Salsa Picante" beneath a big big tent. Later that week I painted them while they were performing. The band members were kind enough to come over and chat with me. Later, Rick Davies, one of the composers and arrangers as well as a trombonist of Wayne Gorbea's band was looking for a painting for his CD cover of his new band "Jazzismo". Rick decided that the chubby horse had the " salsa strut" down.

NOW AVAILABLE, painting featured on the cover of "SALSA STRUT" by Rick Davies & Jazzismo

This CD is a real treat. Reminiscent of greats such as Poncho Sanchez and Tito Puente "Jazzismo" delivers soul stirring Latin Jazz. A contemplative weaving of true masters.

Rick Davies on trombone who also is musical director and performs with Wayne Gorbea y Salsa Picante,

Sam Furnace on alto sax- Has played with Mongo Santa Maria, Jaki Byard, Julius Hemphill, Elliot Sharpe, Chico O'Farrill and Wayne Gorbea y Salsa Picante

Arturo O'Farrill on piano- Musical director of the big band led by his legendary father Chico O'Farrill, and plays as smooth as a cool stream, Recently led an all star group in a number of performances and a recording of recently discovered compositions by Duke Ellington as profiled in the New York Times.

Harvie Swartz on bass- Has performed with nearly all major jazz artists in the last two decades. Currently is playing with Ray Barretto and Chris Washburne's SYOTOS. Harvies own group "Eye Contact" recently released a critically acclaimed CD "Havana Manana".

Vince Cherico on drums- Has played with Ray Vega, The Bronx Horns, & Ray Barretto. Plays a faultless clave that won't break a step.

Juan Rodriguez on the congas- Has played with Bobby Sanabria and Wayne Gorbea. Know for laying down a tumbao that is always in the pocket.