Mother of Dreams and Secrets  is one of the many descriptions of the Yoruba goddess of the Ocean and creativity, Yemaya. Barney first discovered Yemaya at a ceremony in Cuba in 1996 and has been drawn to trying to understand her and the profundity of Cuban music and culture ever since. This new CD continues his innovative, slowed-down explorations of Cuba’s sacred rhythms, recorded in Egrem studios in Havana, and by US and Australian players in New York City.

Yaroldy Abreu Robles – Congas
Dreiser Durruthy – Bata, Vocals
Ramses Rodriguez – Drums
Ernesto Simpson – Timbales, Percussion
Aryam Varona Hernandez – Acoustic Bass

Barney McAll – Piano, Bass, Rhodes, Chucky
Matt Clohesy – Acoustic Bass
Jasper Leak – Electric Bass
Jacam Manricks – Alto Sax
Jamie Ohelers – Tenor Sax

New York:
Eddie Bobe – Congas
Liberty Ellman – Guitar
Billy Harper – Tenor Sax
Jonathan Maron – Electric Bass
Jay Rodriguez – Tenor Sax, Alto flute, Flute
Kurt Rosenwinkel – Guitar
Josh Roseman – Trombone


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Mother Of Dreams Secrets CD music I heard this guy at the JAzz Standard with Gary Bartz. This is great music, no doubt. please get this!!!!
By tigeralto (Burlington, Vermont)
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Mother Of Dreams Secrets music CDs Barney McAll Mother of Dreams and Secrets (JazzHead/MGM) In 1996, McAll began to be inspired by Cuban sacred rhythms while visiting and studying in Cuba. Mother Of Dreams Secrets songs In 2004 he returned to record with some eminent Cuban percussionists…this being the impetus for Mother Of Dreams And Secrets. Mother Of Dreams Secrets album He took those tracks back to New York where local New York and Australian musicians recorded on top of the Cuban takes. Mother Of Dreams Secrets CD music The result is a wonderful mix of jazz and Afro-Cuban rhythms. The Cuban side creates a loose swaggering groove shaping the improvisation and making the recording effortless to assimilate, which is not uncommon for McAll. The players on top are impressive; the likes of Billy Harper, Kurt Rosenwinkle and Jamie Oehlers among others. The protagonist is however Mcall, whose original playing and composing style is as bold as it is inviting.
By Eddie Narain. (Orbost,)