As part of the Royal Conservatory 2012-2013 Season, ¡Qué Rica Cuba! Series, Cubano Be, Cubano Bop: Poncho Sánchez and his Latin Jazz Band featuring Christian Scott took place on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at Koerner...
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 [...]
Few Latin ensembles have continued to play with such elegance, swagger and irresistible sensuality as those put together by Poncho Sanchez for decades. The leader’s ability to wrap his chops around the blues, and keep swing and clave together with attractive simplicity is now quite legendary. At times Sanchez can also blend his bubbling Latin repertoire with forays into a [...]
Geoffrey Keezer is a pianist of immense technical ability. As a musician and composer he is able to express himself in different idioms and settings. On Aurea, for instance, he makes a remarkable foray into the realm of Afro-Peruvian music. And he emerges from this colorful expedition with such a high degree of excellence that you wonder why more practitioners of jazz [...]