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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.
Sergio Pereira - Nu Brasil

Sergio Pereira: Nu Brasil

For the carioca, Sergio Pereira, playing on the Portuguese word “Nu” as the title of his album Nu Brasil and then following it up...
Harold López-Nussa - Un Día Cualquiera

Harold López-Nussa: Un Día Cualquiera

Harold López-Nussa is a dynasty not only in Cuba, and ever since Ninety Miles (Concord, 2011), a recording that was facilitated by vibraphonist Stefon...
Charlie Sepúlveda and The Turnaround: Songs For Nat

Charlie Sepúlveda and The Turnaround: Songs For Nat

This is not a tribute to Nat Adderley, but if it were, it would be a better one than any trumpeter has done. As...
Maria Cangiano - Renaceré

Maria Cangiano: Renaceré (Piazzolla X Cangiano)

It has been some time since we have heard from Maria Cangiano. But the sultry-voiced Argentinean contralto has returned with a new recording of...
Dongfeng Liu: China Caribe

Dongfeng Liu: China Caribe

We are very familiar with the slew of prodigiously gifted Chinese pianists (and other instrumentalists) who have become renowned all over the world for...
Carlos Averhoff Jr.: iQba - Jazz Meets Cuban Timba

Carlos Averhoff Jr: iQba – Jazz Meets Cuban Timba

Carlos Averhoff Jr. has lineage. The son of the incomparable Carlos Averhoff Sr. better known as “Carlos Averhoff Sax”, Mr Averhoff Jr. is also...
Hendrik Meurkens & Bill Cunliffe - Cabin In The Sky

Hendrik Meurkens | Bill Cunliffe: Cabin in the Sky

The most striking aspect of the music of Hendrik Meurkens has always been the refined elegance of its melodies. This has always been carried...
Itai Kriss and Telavana

Itai Kriss and Telavana: Telavana

Itai Kriss together with Hadar Noiberg is one of New York’s worst-kept secrets. Both flutists wear their Middle Eastern heritage just as well as...
Bobby Ramirez - Yo Soy Ritmo! Danzón

Bobby Ramirez: Yo Soy Ritmo! Danzón – Homenaje a Miguel Faílde

The celebrated Spanish composer Manuel de Falla posited that “in popular song the spirit is more important than the letter”, but sometimes –especially in...
Duende Libre - Drift

Duende Libre: Drift

All but two of the songs heard on Drift have been composed by Alex Chadsey. They are attractive, alluring miniatures, often written in a...
Sebastian Schunke | Diego Pinera: Elusive Beauty

Sebastian Schunke | Diego Pinera: Elusive Beauty

The album Elusive Beauty by Sebastian Schunke and Diego Pinera – together with reedsmeister Benjamin Weidekamp, violist Yodfat Miron and cellist Boram Lie –...
Cabani Jazz Project: Infrasonic

Cabanijazz Project: Infrasonic

With heat from the blue part of the flame – suggesting fire and, at times, ice – in ensemble and solo passages of Infrasonic...
Dave Chamberlain's Band of Bones: Picadillo

Dave Chamberlain’s Band of Bones: Picadillo? Yes, Madly!

Of all the myriad ensembles out there few sound as powerfully alluring as the trombone-driven ensemble, Dave Chamberlain’s Band of Bones. Part of the...
Alex Conde - Origins

Alex Conde: Origins

When Alex Conde turns up the power at any given time, he’s like an orchestra all by himself. Now magnify that several times on...
Alfredo Chacón: Caliente Corner

Alfredo Chacón: Caliente Corner

Everything about Caliente Corner suggests that the multi-instrumentalist Alfredo Chacón is on his way to the pinnacle of his powers – both as a...
Adrien Brandeis - Euforia

Adrien Brandeis: Euforia

Of course you can learn to keep “clave” time, but if you don’t “feel “ it the way Adrien Brandeis does then you cannot...
Michael Simon - Asian Connection

Michael Simon: Asian Connection

It’s easy sometimes to forget that the extraordinarily-gifted trumpeter and flugelhorn-player Michael Simon came from Venezuela. He has been making a living out of...
Phil Marucci - Next Stop Brazil

Phil Marucci: Next Stop Brazil

You would be forgiven if you thought you were listening to a Brasilian while playing Next Stop Brazil by Phil Marucci. The Portuguese is...
Coro Del Mundo

Coro Del Mundo

L. Peter Deutsch - 1: Dance to the Revolution, 2: Where Everything is Music; Conrado Monier - 3: Canto del Bongó; Adalberto Álvarez -...
Spanish Harlem Orchestra - Anniversary

Spanish Harlem Orchestra: Anniversary

For the last fifteen years few music ensembles have dominated the world of salsa like the Spanish Harlem Orchestra. So, it was only fitting...