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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.
Yasser Tejada & Palotré: Kijombo

Yasser Tejeda & Palotré: Kijombo

In almost all musical systems sacred music is held separate from its secular variant. In the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, for instance, we...
Elio Villafranca: Revealing the Secrets of Slavery

Elio Villafranca: Revealing the Secrets of Slavery

In the newly-crowded world of Afro-Caribbean music, where instrumentalists have always reigned supreme, the singularity of the composer is suddenly in the limelight. We...
Calle Loiza Jazz Project: There Will Never Be Another You

Calle Loiza Jazz Project: There Will Never Be Another You

The music on There Will Never Be Another You by the Calle Loíza Jazz Project begins with the thunderous report of the barriles -...
Eduardo Sandoval: Más Trombón Que Nunca

Eduardo Sandoval: Más Trombón Que Nunca

Editor's Pick · Featured Album Of all of the brass and reed instruments played in music, somehow the trombone can be made to sound most...
Poncho Sánchez - Trane's Delight

Poncho Sánchez: Trane’s Delight

Editor's Pick · Featured Album Poncho Sánchez continues his long tribute to the ancestors of the music he knows and plays so well with Trane’s...
Daniel García Trio: Travesuras

Daniel García Trio: Travesuras

Frederic Mompou Dencausse (1893-1987) was a Catalan composer and pianist who composed some songs but whose work largely and masterfully explored the technical and...
Loz Speyer's Time Zone: Clave con Embargo

Loz Speyer’s Time Zone: Clave Sin Embargo

Having spent close to ten years in Oriente, in Eastern Cuba, a province that is made up of Las Tunas, Granma, Holguín, Guantánamo, and...
El Comité - Y Qué!? (So What) - Cuban Groove

El Comité: Y Qué!? (So What)

A fantasy of my own making: Truth be told, the Cubans and French have not got together to and create a wonderful musical take...
Alex Cuba: Sublime

Alex Cuba: Sublime

If some of you, like me, devour a new recording even before you first play it, turning the package over and over in your...
Daymé Arocena - Sonocardiogram

Daymé Arocena: Voice of a Volcanic Heartbeat

When Jane Bunnett introduced a young Afro-Cuban vocalist Daymé Arocena as the first led singer of her seminal all-woman ensemble Maqueque we knew someone...
Roberto Fonseca - Yesun

Roberto Fonseca: When the Fingers do the Chanting

The pianist Roberto Fonseca stands quite apart from the plethora of impressive young pianists to come out of Cuba since the era between Bebo...
Carlos Sarduy: Luz

Carlos Sarduy: Luz

Carlos Sarduy is a considerably decorated trumpeter, having won a Grammy, two Latin Grammys and a clutch of other awards for his inventive work...
Emilio Solla Tango Jazz Orchestra - Puertos

Emilio Solla Tango Jazz Orchestra: Puertos – Music From International Waters

Editor's Pick · Featured Album Reviewing music can be a vexing experience. Often recordings that bode well on paper disappoint somewhat in reality. And then...
Chick Corea - The Spanish Heart Band: Antidote

Chick Corea – The Spanish Heart Band: Antidote

Editor's Pick · Featured Album For young, aspiring pianists, Chick Corea and his music might easily be considered “essential study”. His breathtaking oeuvre offers so...
Negroni's Trio: Acústico

Negroni’s Trio Presents: Acústico

Negroni’s Trio is somewhat unique among piano trios. Bring culturally informed ideas not only by Afri-Caribbean music, but also – in its being influenced...
Chris Trinidad: Chris Trinidad y Con Todo

Chris Trinidad: Chris Trinidad y Con Todo

In the sonic scheme of things – not to get too wrapped up in similarities and differences between the sound of El Barrio and...
Sorte! Music by John Finbury ft. Thalma De Freitas

Sorte! – John Finbury ft. Thalma De Freitas

Editor's Pick · Featured Album Two albums into his worshipful “Brasilian sojourn” John Finbury has written six new songs that further declare his abject love...
Kiki Valera: Vivencias en Clave

Kiki Valera: Vivencias en Clave Cubana

It’s odd to think that a recording in 2019 could be deemed to have become “historic” upon its release, but this one - Vivencias...

Carrera Quinta: Traslaciones

Ever since I can remember it has become commonplace for any music that combined Afro-Caribbean rhythmic tempi with the improvisational aspect of Jazz to...
Raquel Cepeda: Passion

Raquel Cepeda: Passion – Latin Jazz

There is a breathtaking array of music on this album Passion by Raquel Cepeda – music from an array of South American traditions as...