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Raul da Gama

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Canadian writer. Based in Milton, Ontario, Canada, Raul is a musician and an accomplished writer whose profound analysis is reinforced by his deep understanding of music, technically as well as historically.
Raquel Cepeda: Passion

Raquel Cepeda: Passion

There is a breathtaking array of music on this album Passion by Raquel Cepeda – music from an array of South American traditions as...
Michele Rosewoman's New Yor-Uba: Hallowed

Michele Rosewoman’s New Yor-Uba: Hallowed

Of all of the utterly unique aspects of the music of Michele Rosewoman’s New Yor-Uba, some are more breathtaking than everything else. Firstly, to...

Alberto Lescay & Formas: Escape

The title Escape has an intriguing ring to it. Escape from what, you might ask? And then the music begins and you get the...
Paquito D'Rivera and The United Nation Orchestra: A Night in Englewood

Paquito D’Rivera and The United Nation Orchestra: A Night in Englewood

This album was made at the time after Paquito D’Rivera had inherited what was left of Dizzy Gillespie’s seminal United Nation Orchestra and just...
Ernesto Vega: Tradition and Beyond

Ernesto Vega: Tradition and Beyond

All that is unusual and unexpected about this recording – even before you get to listen to a note of it – is encapsulated...

Roberto Lopéz: Kaleido Strópico

Latin Jazz has always been the music of inclusion and few embody this aspect of the music better than the Colombian-born Canadian composer and...
César Orozco | Jorge Glem: StringWise

César Orozco | Jorge Glem: StringWise

César Orozco and Jorge Glem reveal their purpose in life even before a note of music is performed on StringWise and it is this:...
Adriana Ospina: Respirar

Adriana Ospina: Respirar

You know immediately from the first notes sung by Adriana Ospina in her characteristic pure, gilt-edged voice, that she is an artist of the...

Pablo Lanouguere Quintet: Eclectico

The composer and bassist Pablo Lanouguere comes from a small, yet burgeoning group of younger musicians who, although originally hailing from Argentina, seem inspired...
Javier Colina & Pepe Rivero: El Pañuelo de Pepa

Javier Colina & Pepe Rivero: El Pañuelo de Pepa

Sometimes in music you enter through a door and discover that the room you are now in has no walls, no ceiling and no...
Dave Bass: No Boundaries

Dave Bass: No Boundaries

The title – and music – suggests there are no boundaries between Jazz styles of music and Latin ones. On the music of No...

Miguel Zenón: Sonero – The Music of Ismael Rivera

Although Miguel Zenón gave notice of his masterful musicianship long before his first recording, he really rose to eminence around 2005 when he released...

Jane Bunnett and Maqueque: On Firm Ground/Tierra Firme

Don’t let the title of this third recording by Jane Bunnett and (the new incarnation of) Maqueque fool you. Indeed the musicians of this...
Luis Muñoz with Lois Mahalia: The Infinite Dream

Luis Muñoz with Lois Mahalia: The Infinite Dream

Luis Muñoz, one may recall, is a drummer who plays other instruments too. But that is only a part of the picture, as much...
Oscar Hernández & Alma Libre: Love the Moment

Oscar Hernández & Alma Libre: Love the Moment

The celebrated composer, pianist and director of the award-winning Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Oscar Hernández has another incarnation and it’s called Alma Libre, a smaller...
Camila Meza and The Nectar Orchestra: Ámbar

Camila Meza and The Nectar Orchestra: Ámbar

Four years have brought with them two CD revelations about one of the finest young musicians to come from South America who has yet...

Bill O’Connell and The Afro-Caribbean Ensemble: Wind Off the Hudson

Devotees of the incredible vivacity of Afro-Caribbean music will be spoiled for choice of a favourite moment (or moments) on this inspired 2019 release...
Ann Reynolds Clave Gringa: Joy

Ann Reynolds Clave Gringa: Joy

On some discussion boards – both serious and frivolous – you’ll find a persistent debate about the word “gringa”; is it a pejorative or...
Patato: Masterpiece

Patato: Masterpiece

Arguably the greatest Afro-Cuban percussionist that ever lived (bar Tata Güines, perhaps), Carlos “Patato” Valdés is, also one of the greatest showmen of the...

Carlos Barbosa-Lima: Delicado

In Brasil, a country in which its musicians are almost as famous as its footballers, the name of Carlos Barbosa-Lima is uttered in reverential...