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Raul Da Gama

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Based in Milton, Ontario, Canada, Raul is a poet, musician and an accomplished critic whose profound analysis is reinforced by his deep understanding of music, technically as well as historically.
Santiago Bosch: Galactic Warrior

Santiago Bosch: Galactic Warrior

Cinematic soundtracks – as well as those for other long-form stories on stage, on television and on film – might not always stand alone...
Andrea Brachfeld: Brazilian Whispers

Andrea Brachfeld: Brazilian Whispers

Brazilian Whispers… How appropriate is that as the title for an album by Andrea Brachfeld. Not only does the instrument she plays – the...
Omara Portuondo, Ethiel Faílde

Ethiel Faílde: Keeper of the Flame of Danzón

Did Miguel Faílde (1852-1921) create or even “consciously stumble” upon (both better epithet than “invented”) the now-iconic danzón dance form that Cuba gave the...
35 Festival Internacional Jazz Plaza 2020 De La Habana A Santiago - Opening Night: Tributo a Juan Formell y Los Van Van - Photo credit: Danilo Navas, Raul Da Gama

Jazz Plaza 2020: Embracing the Culture of Jazz

Chapter one of our series: 35th Jazz Plaza International Festival in Havana Culture - the customs, arts, social institutions, and achievements of a particular nation,...
Alfredo Rodríguez | Pedrito Martinez: Duologue

Alfredo Rodríguez | Pedrito Martinez: Duologue

Both Alfredo Rodríguez and Pedrito Martinez are musicians known for great virtuosity on their respective instruments – Mr Rodríguez on the piano and Mr...
Ibrahim Maalouf: S3NS

Ibrahim Maalouf: S3NS

There is, quite simply, no trumpeter in the world today who sounds like Ibrahim Maalouf. This has everything to do with his instrument, which...
Cuban Sax Quintet: Saxofones Live Sessions

Cuban Sax Quintet: Saxofones Live Sessions

Music played by ensembles comprising exclusively by saxophones became a phenomenon in Jazz with the World Saxophone Quartet. The group was founded in 1977...
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...