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Francisco Mora Catlett

Francisco Mora Catlett - Mora! I&II (Far Out Recordings)


RELEASED: 23rd April 2021

Format: CD
Cat No:  FARO222CD

Released as album I & II on separate LPs and both albums on 1 CD Mexican-American
percussionist and former member of the Sun Ra Arkestra, Francisco Mora Catlett originally recorded and released his debut solo LP as a private press in 1987, but the sequel he recorded over the course of the next few years with an expanded Detroit jazz brass section was shelved for decades to follow.
A pan-American melting pot of hypnotic afro-cuban rhythms, frenetic batucadas and
fiery sambas, Mora I & II are holy grails of latin jazz, masterminded by an unsung hero
of the genre. Born in Washington DC, 1947, Francisco Mora Jr is the eldest child of two
highly prominent Mexican artists, Francisco Mora Sr and Elizabeth Catlett, to whom
this project was dedicated. Being born into a mixed heritage bohemian family provided
Mora Jr with what he called a “creative, progressive, and healthy arts environment”,
building the foundations for a fascinating career journey ahead.


1. Prelude Welcome
2. Afra Jum
3. Rumba Morena
4. Five Am
5. Samba De Amor
6. Cultural Warrior
7. Epilogue Conga "Hasta La Vista"
8. Afra Jum
9. Amazona Prelude "Dawn"
11. Amazona
12. Samba "Conga Do Amor"
14. El Moro
15. Old Man Joe
16. Por Que Paro
17. Afra Jum