Comparisons are odious, even in the most mundane circumstances, but there is a recording of a rare performance of Elis Regina Saudades Do Brasil , filmed and recorded in 1980, and directed by the great Cesar Carmago Mariano that reverberates with energy, even when it is not playing. The mere recollection of it can make the heart dance interminably. This recording Quando O Céu Clarear by the extraordinary paulista and sambanista, Fabiana Cozza [...]
Even for a pianist with as prodigious a talent as Alex Brown, having a heavyweight in the music pantheon such as Paquito D’Rivera produce his debut album, must have largely been a dream. However, to pull off a debut as fine as this is a feat in itself. As a pianist, Brown has remarkable technique. Although he may still be searching for his true voice and that may take time, he appears to be closer than most. He is truly expressive and has an expansive sense of [...]
Jukebox - October 2010 Playlist: Benjamin Taubkin, Chucho Valdés, Conrad Herwig, Craig Russo, Curtis Brothers, Dave Holland & Pepe Habichuela, Fabiana Cozza, Gabriel Alegria, Gabriel Palatchi, Greg Burk & Vicente Lebron, Guillermo Klein, Hilario Durán, Leny Andrade, Marcos Amorim, Michael Simon, Nelson Riveros, Pedro Bermudez, Spanish Harlem Orchestra...
A delightful whimsy surrounds the room where 1 de Mayo descends, like a diaphanous sheet of sound amid its celestial wail. So extraordinary is the musical ensemble fronted by the hypnotic sound of Mercedes Figueras’ saxophones; doubly intriguing when entwined with the ululations and caterwauling ablutions of Tony Larokko’s horns. Mercedes Figueras is one of the most exciting saxophonists today. Enormously talented and with a voice [...]
The energy contained in the body and soul of pianist Pedro Bermudez far exceeds that which may normally be given mere mortals. For his hands and arms are infused with a surfeit of tumbao. In his heart, the echoes of the timbales and the congas bounce excitedly against every internal surface. It is this incredible treasure of rhythm that flavours what he expends through his fingers on the ivories. More importantly, it is this that [...]
Chico & Rita – Animated movie by Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal 2010 Toronto International Film Festival Review written by Danilo Navas A seemingly ordinary, but tormented love story between a pianist and a singer,...
Pianists abound in the Island of Cuba. Excellent pianists indeed, but only a selected group meet the high standards of virtuosity. Hilario Luis Durán Torres, better known as Hilario Durán belongs to that group. His nickname "Con Tumbao" fits him perfectly well. His percussive attack is killer. Born in Havana, Cuba in 1953, Durán never dreamed he would become a Canadian citizen one day, even less that he would make Toronto his permanent residence [...]
In his much-anticipated follow-up to the Grammy-nominated and Juno Award-winning Latin Big Band recording, From The Heart (Alma Records,2008) the piano master, Hilario Durán brings together a power trio comprising bassist, Roberto Occhipinti and drummer, Mark Kelso. In the process he has created Motion, a memorable, new canvas of sound, unveiled through a palette of vivid tonal colors throughout the album’s eight tracks [...]
Jukebox - August 2010 Playlist: Alex Brown, Antonio Adolfo & Carol Saboya, Arturo Sandoval, Bobby Carcassés, El Movimiento, Chris Washburne, Claudio Roditi, Federico Britos, Hamilton de Holanda, Hector Martignon, Kenia, Mark Weinstein, Omar Sosa, Samuel Torres, Pedro Bermudez, Paul Austerlitz, Steve Pouchie, Trio Esperança, Nando Michelin, Ricardo Silveira [...]
In a literal world the music on Second Chance would simply represent “B” sides of music that pianist, Hector Martignon has played in the past. In reality they are anything but that. It is here that Martignon has provided wicked twists to all the music he has played before—he uses the term “devilish,” which in Spanish is a word fraught with meaning. The word diabólico might be infinitely more appropriate as it has fangs and breathes a fire [...]