Artist: Maraca and His Latin Jazz All Stars
Label: Descarga SARL
Superb technical skills, musical vision and inspired playing go hand in hand on this new CD by Cuban flautist virtuoso Orlando Valle, better known as Maraca. Recorded live in concert at the Grand Theater of Havana on January 2010, “Reencuentro” is a real treat, not only because of the great artists who joined “Maraca” on this project, the excellent arrangements and compositions included, but because it comes with a memorable DVD of the concert.
|CD: Chora Baião
Artist: Antonio Adolfo
Label: AAM Music
Track: Dá O Pé, Loro (Hey Parrot! Give Me Your Foot)
In this new release by Brazilian pianist, composer and educator Antonio Adolfo, he focuses on the music styles choro and baião, represented by the compositions of two icons of modern Brazilian music. We’re talking about Chico Buarque and Guinga. Adolfo contributes to this project three of his own compositions that go perfectly well with the music of those two innovative masters.
|CD: Life and Death
Artist: Sebastian Schunke
Label: Connector Records
German pianist and composer Sebastian Schunke continues to grow as an artist. On “Life and Death, his newest CD, he presents a more mature, accomplished vision of his musical work. The eternal dichotomy of Human existence. His classical training exudes throughout his compositions, melding with Jazz and just the necessary Latin tinge to present refined arrangements that defy any genre.
|CD: Magic Place
Artist: Alfredo Chacón
Track: 40 Grados
Magic Place, by Cuban-born vibraphonist and percussionist Alfredo Chacón, is an ambitious and multi-faceted project that introduces this talented artist to the American audience, after a nearly two-decades long career in Europe. Recorded in Madrid, Spain, this CD showcases a sheer amount of stellar guest-stars that accompany Mr. Chacón on his musical journey.
Label: Heideck Records
Isaias Lubo is a composer, violinist and singer that hails from Venezuela, and is now based in Germany. On Viajeros (Travelers) and with his band “Orinoko” he offers a great mix of Jazz, Fusion, Latin and Rock elements (even a bit of J. S. Bach, who inspired Lubo on the track Sarabandeao). Rhythms from his native country receive a special treatment, infused with a distinctive, worldly flavor.