Exquisite music with South American folk influences, mixed with jazz sounds, and wrapped in the powerful voice and tonal beauty of Sofia Rei, that’s De Tierra y Oro. The most recent album by the Argentinian...
Gabriel Guerrero is blest with a masterful musical intellect. This enables him to form gorgeous melodic ideas that seemingly appear out of nowhere to captivate the heart and mind of...
For seven days Cali city will enjoy more than eighty jazz artists integrated in twelve bands (four national and eight international). The festival will offer the spectators twenty-six educational and artistic activities on eight different stages; there will be eleven free concerts and workshops and fifteen shows with discount prices for students and seniors. Cali City will be the place to meet a variety of extraordinary composers, musicians and interpreters of jazz [...]
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 [...]
My grandfather, Manuel Martinez was a trombone player. He came from a small town in southern Colombia near Ecuador. At the age of fourteen he escaped from the Ecuadorian army and he traveled throughout the Caribbean during the 1930s and 1940s. Before returning to Colombia he picked up a lot of musical influences. My grandmother was a self-taught musician and my uncle, Francisco Martinez, who is the father of (pianist, composer, arranger) Edy Martinez [...]
Nelson Riveros is one of the most proficient melodic guitarists inhabiting the world of music today. On top of that he is artful rhythmically. He puts both to use playing largely in the middle and lower registers of his instrument—unusual among guitarists, who, for some reason, prefer the wail of the upper register almost all the time. Riveros also seems in no rush to play a phrase or lick. Consequently his lines are longish and dally deliciously as they navigate [...]
Jukebox - August 2010 Playlist: Alex Brown, Antonio Adolfo & Carol Saboya, Arturo Sandoval, Bobby Carcassés, El Movimiento, Chris Washburne, Claudio Roditi, Federico Britos, Hamilton de Holanda, Hector Martignon, Kenia, Mark Weinstein, Omar Sosa, Samuel Torres, Pedro Bermudez, Paul Austerlitz, Steve Pouchie, Trio Esperança, Nando Michelin, Ricardo Silveira [...]
In a literal world the music on Second Chance would simply represent “B” sides of music that pianist, Hector Martignon has played in the past. In reality they are anything but that. It is here that Martignon has provided wicked twists to all the music he has played before—he uses the term “devilish,” which in Spanish is a word fraught with meaning. The word diabólico might be infinitely more appropriate as it has fangs and breathes a fire [...]
For the spirits to materialise when they are summoned in worship the practice of the worship must reach a level of intensity—get to the blue part of the flame, so to speak—and arouse the angels and God as well to come down and bless the worshippers a million-fold. When David played his harp, so intense was his music that Samuel was inspired to anoint him King. Now it is the turn of another Samuel, not to anoint, but to call up the angels and saints [...]
"On October 18, 2009 renowned drummer, Ernesto Simpson brought an all-star band to my home on to perform a composition of his and Manuel Valera's. With him for this date were Samuel Torres, conga; Yosvany Terry, soprano sax; Osmany Paredes, keyboard and Yunior Terry, bass." Martin Cohen