Roberto Fonseca – Yo

Roberto Fonseca - Yo

This recording, Yo by Roberto Fonseca appears to be his most visceral work of music so far. Despite having a high musical intellect and striving for a cerebral approach to music—which to a certain extent is true of this record as well—Mr. Fonseca appears to have stripped away all style, allowing the music to be stripped of its sentimentality; to be infused with a raw; almost … [Read more...]

Paquito D’Rivera and Trio Corrente – Song for Maura

Song for Maura

Just when it is believed that Paquito D’Rivera is a fine alto saxophonist who also plays clarinet, he goes and makes an album almost completely on clarinet—a Brasilian one at that; in homage to a country and its people most beloved to the Cuban-born, New York-based genius. Perhaps the magic moment had arrived—never too early and never too late. And as it was all a matter of … [Read more...]

Celebrating Dinah and Sarah at Koerner Hall in Toronto


As part of the TD Jazz: Celebrating Dinah and Sarah series, Toronto jazz lovers were fortunate to see and listen a great performance by the veteran grand master of jazz, Ramsey Lewis with his quintet and the young upcoming singer Cécile McLorin Salvant. Concert Review and Photos by Atael Weissman It was quite symbolic to see Ramsey Lewis, composer and pianist, contemporary of … [Read more...]

Salsa de la Bahia Vol. 1 – A Collection of SF Bay Area Salsa and Latin Jazz

Salsa de la Bahia

There is a staggering array of exquisite music on Salsa de la Bahia Vol. 1, which is unlike other compilations featuring various artists. There is something of a golden thread that runs through the entire 2-CD collection. And this makes it unique. This ground breaking anthology of Afro-Cuban music reveals the hidden history of tropical heat from the San Francisco Bay Area, in … [Read more...]

Poncho Sánchez and His Latin Jazz Band – Live in Hollywood

Poncho Sanchez - Live in Hollywood

Poncho Sánchez’s established his pedigree very early in life, performing with Cal Tjader—who invited him for just one set in 1975, and with whom he ended up staying until he died in 1982. Mr. Tjader became Poncho Sánchez’s mentor, and he was instrumental in getting Carl Jefferson, founder of Concord records to sign Mr. Sánchez for a one record deal. Fortuitously that deal … [Read more...]