Review written by: Raul da Gama Everything about “Generation Y,” that generation that came after the baby boomers spelt “Generation Me”. These millennials are not as special as they thought they were. Focused on goals...
On Further Arrivals two forces of nature come together. One is the molten voice of Brian Lynch’s trumpet and the other is the very exciting European quartet that goes by the name: Bye-Ya! On the face of it this fine ensemble might appear to be a tribute to Thelonious Monk and, indeed, their chattering approach to music might well be the debt they owe to His Great Outness. However, the music dances to a Latin American rhythm and so, these three men and a woman [...]
Dedicated to his wife, Iraida Palmieri, this long-awaited DVD (due to some technical issues its release was delayed a few years) serves two purposes. It celebrates 50 years of Eddie Palmieri's prolific musical career (one of the most influential and acclaimed in Latin music). 50 years since Mr. Palmieri started to perform as a pianist, and 50 years since he formed his first band, Conjunto La Perfecta. Innovative, respected and adored by fans and peers alike [...]
Jukebox - May 2011 Playlist: André Vasconcellos, Art Ovrutski Quintet, Arturo O'Farril & ALJO, Arturo Sandoval, Bobby Matos, Bobby Sanabria, Brian Lynch, Charito, Daniel Amat, Daniel Smith, Diego Urcola, John Santos y el Grupo Folklorico Kindembo, Mambo Legends Orchestra, Mark Weinstein, Patty Ascher, Peter Scharli Trio, Putumayo, Swing en 4, Tiempo Libre, Wayne Wallace [...]
Robby Ameen is one of those first call percussionists who has been chaffing at the bit to produce something all his own. Now he has his chance, with Days in the Life and he acquits himself with excellence. Things might have very well gone awry, as so often happens when self producing the first record. This, however, does not happen with Ameen, as he is careful to avoid the [...]
John Beasley's Positootly! is awash with Lydian modes. That and it is clear that Beasley has listened carefully to Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter. However, he is also a singular pianist who is chirpy and breaks up his dazzling melodic runs with staccato perfunctory harmonic statements that then bend the music in another surprising direction [...]
For a fleeting moment -just one fleeting moment- it appears to be a bit of a stretch putting "bolero" and Billie Holiday together. There appears to be a tad too much "bolero" and not enough "Holiday" on Brian Lynch's Bolero Nights (Venus Records - Japan 2009). Soon, however, the plaintive wail of Lynch's trumpet and moan of his flugelhorn and the moody arrangements of [...]