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"Cuban Fires" is an imaginary journey into the various styles and traditions of Cuban music.

I started to conceive "Cuban Fires" as a sequel to my first CD “Havana Blue”, with the idea of deepening some aspects of the Cuban musical heritage. I also wanted to explore different moods and sonorities, and for this reason on the occasion of my second trip to Havana in December 2016 I contacted Eduardo Sandoval, a young and gifted musician and trombone player whose CD had particularly impressed me.


Thommy Lowry, trumpet, flugelhorn

Eduardo Sandoval, trombone, voice (1,8)

Michel Herrera, alto/ baritone sax, tenor sax (8)

Emir Santa Cruz, tenor sax, clarinet

Roberto "El Chino" Vàsquez, double bass

Eduardo Silveira, congas, bongò, güiro, cowbell

Victor Guzman, alto/baritone sax (4, 5, 6, 7, 9)

Degnis Bofill, batà drums, percussions (1, 8)

Deivys Rubalcaba, timbales, güiro, metal güiro, cowbell, maracas

Thommy Lowry plays trumpet and flugelhorn courtesy eclipse trumpets

Alejandro Falcòn, piano

Recorded21st December 2016 (2, 3, 4, 6) and 22nd December 2016 (1, 5, 7, 8) at Abdala Studios, Havana, Cuba
Sound Engineers: Jose Raul Varona
Edited and Mixed by: Piero Lanza and Adriano Clemente at Music Factory, Grosseto, Italy

Cover painting by: Antonio Iannece (1957 - 2016)
Cover artwork: by Cecilia Damiani
Photos by: Dina Priymak, Luigi Vitiello (paintings) 

All compositions and arrangements by: Adriano Clemente 


Release date: 4 July 2018

Genre:  Latin Jazz

Production by:  Dodicilune

Total time: 58'21


The Havana Blue project includes mainly compositions written during 2013 and 2014 for the Akashmani Ensemble for live performancesMy interest in Cuban music and the Latin musical tradition as a whole developed after I listened to the music of the late composer, arranger, and pianist Bebo Valdés (1918-2013), one of the leading artists in the Havana scene in the fifties, whose career, after an interruption of more than thirty years, restarted gloriously in 1994 until his death.


Leyanis Valdés, piano

Augusto Lage, congas

Heikel Trimiño, trombone

Santiago Ceballos, trumpet

Yandy Martinez, double bass

Emir Santa Cruz, tenor sax, clarinet
Lennon Ruiz, timbales, snare drum, claves

Yuniet Lombida, alto/baritone sax (1, 2, 3, 8)

Victor Guzman, alto/baritone sax (4, 5, 6, 7, 9)
Adel Rodriguez, bongos, maracas, guiro, cowbell

Recorded: 21st December 2015 (4, 5, 6, 7, 9) and 22nd December 2015 (1, 2, 3, 8) at Abdala Studios, La Habana, Cuba
Sound Engineers: Dayana Rodriguez Hernandez, 
Rebeca Alderete Bauta
Edited and Mixed by: Tommy Cavalieri and Adriano Clemente 
at Sorriso Studios, Bari, Italy
Mastered: August 2016 by Tommy Cavalieri at Sorriso Studios, Bari, Italy 

All compositions and arrangements by: Adriano Clemente 

Cover painting by: Antonio Iannece

Release date: 20 Febbruary  2017

Genre:  Latin Jazz

Production by:  Dodicilune

Total time: 55'01

Musicians:  Akashmani Ensemble (1-11)

Francesco Lento, trumpet

Mario Corvini, trombone

Daniele Tittarelli, alto sax

Marco Guidolotti, baritone sax, clarinet, bass clarinet

Riccardo Fassi, piano

Dario Rosciglione, double bass (except 4)

Raffaele Toninelli, bowed double bass (1, 4)

Andrea Nunzi, drums

Roberto Ottaviano, soprano sax (12)

Adriano Clemente, piano (12)

Release date:  26 May 2016

Genre:  Jazz

Production by:  Dodicilune



A Jazz Portrait in Seven Movements inspired by the music of Charles Mingus (1922-1979), is an idea that started in 2013 after I had composed a few tunes based on the blues structure in the tradition of Ellington and Mingus for his Akashmani Jazz Ensemble. 

Intervista, recensione e bollino di qualità "Jazzit Likes It!" per il progetto "The Mingus Suite" sulla rivista JAZZIT



In 1996 Amiata Records published his audio tape “Akashmani: Across the Sky”, minimalistic music in the tradition of Terry Riley and Steve Reich performed in 1992 on Yamaha and Roland keyboards and recorded at home with a four track Tascam tape recorder.


Composed by:  Adriano Clemente

Release date:  May 1996

Production by:  Matteo Silva, Amiata Records

Akashmani: Across the Sky
Akashmani: Across the Sky
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