Estrella Acosta – Esquina 25

Estrella Acosta - Esquina 25

This album, Esquina 25, by the Cuban vocalist Estrella Acosta is strikingly similar to the legendary 1972 record by Milton Nascimento entitled Clube de Esquina. However, Mr. Nascimento’s record was spawned by the movement of the same name in the Northeastern state of Minas Gerais, to rival that of the Tropicália movement of the Cariocas. Ms. Acosta’s record is not part of any … [Read more...]

Clotilde Rullaud: In Extremis

Clotilde Rullaud - In Extremis

A most wondrous thing takes place when Clotilde Rullaud sings—wordlessly, sometimes… then using a given lyric. She seems not to beam her vocalastics through the electronics of a modern microphone, but rather through a gigantic prism that in turn rotates on an imaginary axis, controlled it would appear, by the power of her will. Her sublime vocal gymnastics is refracted as if … [Read more...]

May Peters – Tributo de Tambor y Trombón en Clave de Mujer Boricua

May Peters - Tributo de Tambor y Trombon

The story of trombonist May Peters is an interesting one. She is a native of the Netherlands who arrived in Puerto Rico more than twelve years ago, and fell in love with the culture and music of the island. Actually, May Peters is more knowledgeable of the Puerto Rican music than most Puerto Ricans. She was a trombone professor at the Music Conservatory of Puerto Rico and … [Read more...]

Amanda Ruzza – This Is What Happened

Amanda Ruzza

Amanda Ruzza is one of a whole slew of talented musicians to come out of Brasil in recent years. She is a versatile bassist, a fine composer and a musician with an individual voice that appears to have absorbed a whole history of Brasilian music from the traditional Chôro to the Bossa Nova of Johnny Alf and Joao Gilberto and Antonio Carlos Jobim right down to the moderns such … [Read more...]

Pablo Ziegler & Metropole Orkest Conducted by Jules Buckley – Amsterdam Meets New Tango

Pablo Ziegler - Amsterdam Meets New Tango

The country that produces pianists of the genius of Martha Argerich might never produce anyone like her, but has also bred other musicians—and indeed, pianists—of considerable talent for composition, technique and creativity. One of these is the pianist behind some of the greatest groups of Astor Piazzolla: Pablo Ziegler. Now a solo artist, Mr. Ziegler may never be compared to … [Read more...]

Miguel Zenón & The Rhythm Collective – Oye!!! Live in Puerto Rico

Miguel Zenon and The Rhythm Collective - Oye

More than just a Jazz album, this is an historical document. Miguel Zenón & The Rhythm Collective Oye!!! Live in Puerto Rico was recorded live at Taller Cé, Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico on December 27th, 2007 and January 2nd, 2008. This is not a studio date, nor is it a typical live recording. These are four friends (Miguel Zenón, bassist Aldemar Valentin, drummer Tony Escapa and … [Read more...]

A Great Night at Birdland with Arturo O”Farrill & The Chico O”Farrill Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra

Final Night At Birdland

Final Night at Birdland is the spectacular new album by Arturo O’Farrill and the legendary Chico O’Farrill Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra, performing their last concert at the historic New York City’s Birdland Jazz Club. That was back in the early summer of 2011, ten years after the passing of Chico O’Farrill, closing a weekly gig that amazingly lasted fifteen years. On this … [Read more...]

Maria Marquez’s Tonada

Maria Marquez - Tonada

Tonada is María Márquez’s new album, a poignant and impeccable tribute to traditional Venezuelan rhythms, in a marvelous fusion with elements of the jazz language. The artistry of this talented Venezuelan musician is the result of a combination of diverse styles and interesting musical experiments. María Márquez brings us her new work showing her love for her homeland culture … [Read more...]

Rodrigo Cotelo – Ser Sonido

Rodrigo Cotelo - Ser Sonido

The words of the title of this album, Ser Sonido are difficult to render in to English—just like many words and phrases in the Latin and Romance languages. The main protagonist in this album, Rodrigo Cotelo has made an attempt to translate this title as “Being Sound”. “Becoming Sound” is probably a better way to render this in the language that appears inappropriate to even … [Read more...]

Buika – La Noche Más Larga

Buika – La Noche Mas Larga

In a recent interview Buika said “I want what Charlie Parker has, I want eternity”. Well, just like Bird, Coltrane, Miles or any other music genius, Buika has already reached eternity through her music. Buika is a passionate singer, with a powerful voice and like the best jazz musicians she has a strong command over her instrument. Buika has the improvisational skills of Ella … [Read more...]