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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.

Vanderlei Pereira and Blindfold Test: Vision for Rhythm

Editor's Pick · Featured Album The drum set, that invention by Black American drummer Baby Dodds – and rooted in the ingenuity of drummers from...
Pacific Mambo Orchestra: The III Side

Pacific Mambo Orchestra: The III Side

Editor's Pick · Featured Album The Pacific Mambo Orchestra takes its name from the form of Cuban dance music pioneered by the charanga group Arcaño...
Carolina Calvache - Vida Profunda

Carolina Calvache: Vida Profunda

Editor's Pick · Featured Album After she produced Sotareño, her first Sunnyside recording, Carolina Calvache left no doubt that an artist of the first order...
Los Muñequitos de Matanzas at El Tablao in Havana. Photo credit: Danilo Navas

Jazz Plaza 2020: Speaking in Tongues

Chapter three of our series: 35th Jazz Plaza International Festival in Havana In 1972, former University of Toronto professor of Anthropology and Linguistics Michael J....

Dan Costa: “Love Dance” with Ivan Lins

The pianist Dan Costa, who has distinguished himself with several recordings including a critically acclaimed album, Skyness (2018) has released what promises to be...
Dafnis Prieto - Rhythmic Synchronicity

Dafnis Prieto: Rhythmic Synchronicity

A review of the book by Dafnis Prieto, entitled Rhythmic Synchronicity – Individual and Collective Drumming Skills: A rhythmic course for non-drummers Anyone who has...
Callejón de Hamel - La Habana, Cuba

Jazz Plaza 2020: The Celebration of Otherness

Chapter two of our series: 35th Jazz Plaza International Festival in Havana The legendary French philosopher noted for his work in phenomenology Paul Ricœur, wrote...
Hermanos Arango: Bendita Guanabacoa

Hermanos Arango: Bendita Guanabacoa

Guanabacoa, home of the Cuban musical icons – Ernesto Lecuona, Rita Montaner, Bola de Nieve – the legendary composer, writer and actress as well...
Eliel Lazo - Cuban Jazz Report

Cuban Jazz Report: Eliel Lazo, Yasser Pino, Javier Massó, Raúl Pineda

After the recent formation of the Cuban quintet El Comité you would be tempted to wonder if another Cuban supergroup was possible. Now that...
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...