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Drummer and Composer Francisco Mora Catlett releases “Electric Worlds”

The multi-talented drummer, composer, bandleader, and visionary Francisco Mora Catlett is known for reinventing himself. His background includes performing with Sun Ra’s Arkestra from 1973 to 1980, collaborating with Max Roach’s M’Boom, touring with the Freedom Jazz Trio, and leading the trailblazing group AfroHorn. Despite these achievements, Francisco took another significant step in his musical evolution during the pandemic.
“Electric Worlds” draws from ancient African rhythms to create “Futuristic Black Music” and preserve their sacredness.
My introduction to Catlett’s music began with AfroHorn, precisely the 2 CD set, “AfroHorn MX” (AACE Records, 2012). This album led me to the literature of Henry Dumas (1934-1968) and his short story, “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” which is crucial in comprehending AfroHorn’s creation and purpose. Later, I explored other albums such as “Mora!,” “World Trade Music,” “Outerzone,” “River Run,” and The Freedom Jazz Trio.

Electric Worlds is a different medium for Catlett and expresses artistic freedom. “Music is about freedom; that’s what it proposes, that’s why it’s so popular, and that’s why people love it,” said Francisco when I interviewed him in 2013. “And it’s not freedom that comes without discipline. Having had the great fortune to work with giants like Sun Ra and Max Roach taught me that cultural continuity, vision, and perseverance are essential to maintain the expressivity of an art form.” 

Electric Worlds marks a giant step in Francisco Mora Catlett’s musical evolution.
El talentoso baterista, compositor, director de banda y visionario Francisco Mora Catlett es conocido por reinventarse a sí mismo. Su experiencia incluye actuar con Sun Ra’s Arkestra de 1973 a 1980, colaborar con M’Boom de Max Roach, realizar giras con el Freedom Jazz Trio y liderar el grupo pionero AfroHorn. A pesar de estos logros, Francisco dio otro paso significativo en su evolución musical durante la pandemia.
Electric Worlds se basa en antiguos ritmos africanos para crear “música negra futurista” y preservar su carácter sagrado.
Mi introducción a la música de Catlett comenzó con AfroHorn, específicamente el conjunto de 2 CD, “AfroHorn MX” (AACE Records, 2012). Este álbum me llevó a la literatura de Henry Dumas (1934-1968) y su cuento, “Will the Circle Be Unbroken”, que es crucial para comprender la creación y el propósito de AfroHorn. Más tarde, exploré otros álbumes como “Mora!”, “World Trade Music”, “Outerzone”, “River Run” y The Freedom Jazz Trio.
Electric Worlds es un medio diferente para Catlett y expresa libertad artística. “La música es libertad, eso es lo que propone, por eso es tan popular, y por eso la gente la ama”, dijo Francisco cuando lo entrevisté en 2013. “Y no es libertad la que viene sin disciplina. Haber tenido la gran fortuna de Trabajar con gigantes como Sun Ra y Max Roach me enseñó que la continuidad cultural, la visión y la perseverancia son esenciales para mantener la expresividad de una forma de arte”.
Electric Worlds marca otro acto de fe creativo y un paso de gigante en la evolución musical de Francisco Mora Catlett.


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