Leave a pianist to his own devices and he is likely to lose himself in the keyboard of the grand instrument. Leave Jovino Santos alone with a piano and there is no telling where that...
It could not have been an easy task to compile the Adventure Music Ten Years 3-CD set to commemorate the label’s decade of recording and documenting some of the finest new music by classic and...
The drum and the horn, an inspired duet that played a vital role in the birth of Cubop. Poncho Sanchez and Terence Blanchard, two Living Masters in their own right, pay a heartfelt tribute to Chano Pozo and Dizzy Gillespie, two Masters whose legacy continues to expand in the ample vocabulary of Jazz music. Their musical spirits are more present than ever on Chano Y Dizzy! [...]
Unlike Bossa Nova, a widely recognized style in the US, Brazilian choro is relatively unknown outside Brazil. The members of Falso Baiano with their refined and gorgeous sound are trying to change that. Falso Baiano is a choro ensemble based in the United States. Their new release Simplicidade: Live at Yoshi's was recorded live at Yoshi's Club in Oakland, California in July 5, 2010, and captures vividly the richness and beauty of choro music [...]
The whole concept of Peter MacDonough's album The Woo: A Latin Jazz Suite for Soprano Saxophone, from the cover art to the name of the songs is based on the movie The Wizard of Oz. Reinterpretations of movie songs is not something new in jazz, John Coltrane did it with My Favorite Things, a song from The Sound of Music. But what MacDonough did here is a Latin Jazz version of a complete movie soundtrack. And just as Coltrane did on My Favorite Things [...]
Grupo Falso Baiano is a choro group that offers a window into the history and diverse culture of Brazil. Choro is one of Brazil's earliest popular musics, dating back to the late 1800s, and, similar to jazz, it reflects the melding of African rhythms with a melodic and harmonic structure closely resembling Baroque Classical music. G.F.B.'s exploration of choro spans nearly 100 years, including everything from the traditional to more contemporary [...]
Best Recordings of 2010: Hilario Durán Trio – Motion; Danilo Perez – Providencia; Roberto Fonseca – Akokan; Jovino Santos Neto – Veja o Som/See the Sound; Alain Perez - Apetecible; Paquito D’Rivera with the Pablo Aslan Ensemble – Tango Jazz; Alex Brown – Pianist; Chicago Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble – Blueprints; Samuel Torres – Yaoundé; Hector Martignon – Second Chance [...]
Jukebox - December 2010 Playlist: Bernal-Eckroth-Ennis, Chicago Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble, Chico Pinheiro, Danilo Perez, Darwin Noguera, David Bixler & Arturo O'Farrill, Iguazu Acoustic Trio, Glenda Del E, Jovino Santos Neto, Latineo, Mike Marshall, Mauricio de Souza, Paquito D'Rivera, Phil Hawkins, Tony Succar, Poncho Sanchez, Peter MacDonough, Quarteto Impressons, Yolanda Duke...
There comes a time in the life of a pianist, when the lure of a solo project is strong and he or she inevitably gives in. Having thus satisfied the yearning the musician is struck by an even more daunting task: the thought of a duo program, made even more alluring when there is an opportunity to duet with more than one musician and instrumentalist. Such an extravagance is rarely passed up so it is no surprise to find the wonderful world of pianist Jovino [...]
Few musicians deserve a retrospective more richly than the mandolin player, Mike Marshall. The ground-breaking, genre defying instrumentalist and composer has melded his prodigious skills with musicians as far removed as David Grisman and Darol Anger, Bela Fleck and Caterina Lichtenberg… to where his heart lies most comfortably and gracefully, with Brasilian musicians such as Hamilton de Holanda and Hermeto Pascoal. Marshall’s career has spanned [...]