Free Roots


There is an invigorating new jazz sound coming from Cuba, a music of great virtuosity and innovation drawing on a wide range of musical tradition – from Latin jazz to straight-ahead to European classical music. Omar is one of the leading ambassadors of this new Cuban sound.

His impressionistic music encompasses cha-cha grooves and Monkish phrases, Yoruba chants, hip-hop beats and rhapsodic melodies.

Free Roots was greeted with widespread acclaim, and was selected by Paris music critic Remy Kopoul as #1 Album of the Year in France (1997).