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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.
Marlon Simon: Rumba a la Patato

Marlon Simon: Rumba a la Patato

There are many reasons why it is a remarkable travesty of justice that the celebrated Venezuelan drummer and percussionist, Marlon Simon, has had to...
Señor Groove: Little Havana

Señor Groove: Little Havana

The real Cuba may be just about ninety miles away from the tip of Florida, but where Señor Groove come from, in Miami, there’s...
Gregor Huebner: Los Soñadores

Gregor Huebner: Los Soñadores

To listen to the voice of The Dreamers struggling against a manic administration in the 2019 White House is not too much to ask...
Rafael Zaldivar - Consecration

Rafael Zaldivar: Consecration

This album from the Quebec-based Rafael Zaldivar entitled Consecration is completely sonically apposite to almost anything Afro-Cuban you might be used to listening to....
Various Artists: The Complete Cuban Jam Sessions

Various Artists: The Complete Cuban Jam Sessions

There is much anecdotal evidence – some of it apocryphal – that the Cubans brought a diabolical complexity to Jazz when the musicians among...

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...