When Jerry González puts a mute onto his trumpet, the volume of his horn may be turned down a tad, but the tongues of fire that appear to lick out of the bell of his...
It is hardly surprising that Erik Satie has become the darling of modern composers and musicians alike. The reputedly eccentric French composer who lived between the late-19th and the early 20th Century was very much a musician far ahead of his time. Breaking away from the late-Romantics, Satie predated many movements in various artistic disciplines, from Dadaism and Surrealism in painting; and muzak or elevator music, by fifty years [...]
On this new release (the 11th under John's Machete Records label) entitled Filosofía Caribeña Vol. 1, The John Santos Sextet is in fine form, creating compelling and socially engaged music. According to John "Filosofía Caribeña is a cross-disciplinary project (original music/spoken word, dance) that aims to illuminate Afro-Latino presence, identity, and the marvelous, undeniable, and unheralded historical connections between Black and Latino communities [...]
Few records in 2009 are going to have such an impact on the world of music as the Afrodisian Orchestra’s Mediterraciones. This is because there are few, just a few musicians – even native Spanish ones – who have come to imbibe completely the incredible ethos of Spain. The myriad influences – from religious (Jewish, Christian, Muslim...) to ethnic (Western Gothic, Moorish, [...]