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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.

Ray Barretto: Standards Rican-ditioned

This album Standards Rican-ditioned by Ray Barretto has a very special – albeit tragic – place in the history and in the everlasting...
Felipe Salles - The Lullaby Project

Felipe Salles: The Lullaby Project

When you are so perfectly attuned to your ancestry and your culture as Felipe Salles is then you are halfway to producing the most...
Gastón Joya: Mama Ina

Gastón Joya: Mama Ina

A fierce energy leaps out of the opening notes of Mama Ina, the exquisitely-crafted debut album by the prodigiously-gifted bassist Gastón Joya. It is...
Omar Sosa & NDR Big Band: es:sensual

Omar Sosa & NDR Big Band: es:sensual

Everything about the music of Omar Sosa seems not only to say that “Tradition is a wonderful reality,” but also something else: “not understanding...

Joaju Cuarteto: Ahoraite

Few recordings that have come out of the pen of (and performances by) Paraguayan musicians have captured the frenetic effervescence of Ahoraite by the...
Espontáneo: The Abdala Sessions

Espontáneo: The Abdala Sessions

Espontáneo or spontaneity is the key reason why the world falls in love with Afro-Cuban music. From the trova tradition through to performances of...

Magela Herrera: Explicaciones

Some of us are familiar with the prodigiously gifted Magela Herrera from her virtuoso flute playing on the recording I’ll See You In Cuba...
Carlos Henriquez Dizzy con Clave

Carlos Henriquez: Dizzy con Clave

Carlos Henriquez may not be the first to (rightfully) pay tribute to Dizzy Gillespie nor will he be the last. But his is a...
Alfonso Fuentes - Plena - Improvisaciones Para Piano

Alfonso Fuentes: PLENA – improvisaciones para piano

Alfonso Fuentes is better known for his classical work that has been performed – and recorded – by musicians of some of the most...
Vocal Universo: Música Universal

Vocal Universo: Música Universal

Even in the #MeToo era it is still hard for women in music to attract the spotlight. Add to that the fact that it’s...
Jovino Santos Neto Quinteto: Por Causa de Você

Jovino Santos Neto Quinteto: Por Causa de Você

This music is collected from a stage performance at the Triple Door in Seattle, Washington in 2015, held by the distinguished Brasilian composer and...
Chucho Valdés: Jazz Batá 2

Chucho Valdés: Jazz Batá 2

When Old Man Bebo first disappeared from music in Europe and before he was re-discovered again by Paquito D’Rivera, his son Chucho Valdés began...
Adriano Clemente: Cuban Fires

Adriano Clemente: Cuban Fires

Continuing from where he left off in his journey through the ritual magic of the Afro-Cuban musical experience some two years ago Adriano Clemente...
Etienne Charles - Carnival - The Soul of a People

Etienne Charles: Carnival – The Sound of a People Vol. 1

Etienne Charles has added an important opus to the literature of contemporary music with the release of Carnival – The Sound of a People...
Paquito D’Rivera | Harlem Quartet: Music in the Rarefied Realm

Paquito D’Rivera | Harlem Quartet: Music in the Rarefied Realm

The triumphant journey through music by the inimitable Paquito D’Rivera brought him to Koerner Hall at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto on...
Eddie Daniels - Heart of Brazil

Eddie Daniels: Heart of Brazil

Eddie Daniels has become, without a doubt one of the finest clarinetists in the past fifty years or so. In fact, apart from Paquito...
Jane Bunnett and Maqueque at Koerner Hall - Toronto Nov 30 2018

An Evening with Jane Bunnett and Maqueque in Toronto

The curtain rose on all the polite decorum of Koerner Hall and when the evening exploded it was as if we were swept up...
Zemog El Gallo Bueno - YoYouMeTú - Trilogy

Zemog El Gallo Bueno: YoYouMeTú – Trilogy Vol. 3

The music of Abraham Gomez-Delgado, otherwise made here (and elsewhere) under the name of Zemog El Gallo Bueno has always maintained its life on...
David Virelles: Igbó Alákorin The Singer's Grove Vol. I & II

David Virelles: Igbó Alákọrin The Singer’s Grove Vol. I & II

Listeners – simple and sophisticated – who have, by now become used to the music of David Virelles might come to expect that with...
Flavio Lira: Coffee Gold Sugar Cane

Flavio Lira: Coffee Gold Sugar Cane

Flavio Lira is one several young Brasilian musicians who has a wider world-view of music than most of his countrymen and the bassist shows...