Latin Jazz & More
Ken Wiley is a French horn player, composer and producer with a long and varied musical career. A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music in New York, he is considered one of the top drawer studio musicians in Los Angeles, Wiley has logged some impressive credits, including appearances with bassist Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra, the Charlie Rouse Quintet, bassists John Patitucci (Chick Corea) and Jimmy Johnson (Wayne Johnson, Allan Holdsworth), and guitarists Mike Miller and Grant Geissman (Chuck Mangione). Wiley’s talents are recognized throughout the music and film industry.
Here is published his most recent work - Cuerno Exotica. Why is the name of the album in Spanish? The answer, apparently, should be sought in the overall "Latin" focus of this project. Opening, his famous Bolero Ravel (than not the Latin European classics?), Which in Wiley's version is generously equipped with Latin American percussion. All five of Wiley's songs that were included in the program (two of them written in collaboration with guitarist Mark Leggett) also bear Latin names and the corresponding color (Carilõ, Cubana Blue, Gato Magico, El Gorriõn and the title play itself). The two remaining compositions are the plays of McKoy Tyner (Sama Layuca) and Kel Tzhader (Black Orchid).