Post-bop/Latin jazz/hard bop pianist
Latin Jazz Fantasy
Latin Jazz Fantasy represents a new phase for jazz composer/pianist Bill O'Connell. It features 10 new compositions and ranges from small group to full orchestra. With a string and horn section to work with, along with a rhythm section and flute and tenor sax soloists Dave Valentin and Bob Malach, O'Connell can give his great talents as a writer and arranger free reign. This is not just another good latin jazz CD, it's a must-hear, swinging, full-throated musical experience.
Black Sand (Bill O'Connell Latin Jazz Project)
BILL O’CONNELL has played and recorded with Gato Barbieri, Dave Valentin, Mongo Santamaria, Conrad Herweg, Kenney Rankin and others. He plays in New York area clubs, and at jazz festivals around the world, including Montreau, and the Canary Islands (where the title Black Sand comes from--the black sand beaches). His forte is latin jazz and many of his compositions are on CDs by flutist Dave Valentin and Gato Barbieri. A major presence in today’s jazz scene, two-time Grammy award winner RANDY BRECKER plays on two tracks (2 & 6) Of this CD.