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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.

Fernando Tarrés & Lucía Pulido – Songbook III – Myths

"There is something altogether new in this record that is not present in many of Lucía Pulido’s other records. And this has to do...

Hendrik Meurkens & Gabriel Espinosa with Anat Cohen & Antonio Sanchez: Celebrando

It is most appropriate for Zoho Music to celebrate their 100th recording with harmonica-player Hendrik Meurkens and, among others, bassist Gabriel Espinosa...

Phillipe Baden Powell – Piano Masters Series 2

"In every sense Phillipe Baden Powell is one of those musicians who reminds the rest of the world that there is a new musical...

Clarice Assad – Home

Clarice Assad is quite simply a phenomenon who has streaked across the world’s musical landscape like one of those comets that appears just once in a lifetime. Fortuitously, this comet has decided to stay [...]

Luciana Souza & Romero Lubambo in Toronto

An Affair to Remember Concert Review: Luciana Souza & Romero Lubambo By Raul da Gama No matter where in the world you come from or live, the...

Aruán Ortiz & The Camerata Urbana Ensemble – Santiarican Blues Suite

This record by a very special artist will go down as one of the most significant works of music. Its power, significance and beauty will forever linger in the soul, where all musical art is enjoyed to the...

Alfredo Rodriguez: Sounds of Space

The artistic goldmine that is Cuba continues to give up its riches. Even before Machito was “discovered” by Dizzy Gillespie (and much later, Gonzalo...

Mark Weinstein – El Cumbanchero

It might seem foolhardy to many to take a chance and make an entire record based on “charanga”; perceived as rather old-fashioned too considering...

Jane Bunnett – Mundo: The World of Jane Bunnett

"Happily, there are two new charts on this double CD. The first is “Gotcha”, a delightful song that mixes the New Orleans dirge with...

Pablo Aslan Quintet – Piazzolla in Brooklyn

"Piazzolla originals are played with new élan and the ones that must have incurred the ire of the late master—“Laura” and “Lullaby of Birdland”—are...

Have You Seen My Nana? The Enduring Genius of Moacir Santos

Yesterday, my eighty-eight year old mother and I were reminiscing as we often do when she visits, about, among other things, my father and...

Sebastian Schunke: Life and Death

Pianist and composer Sebastian Schunke appears to have discovered a sense of mortality. This is the ultimate level of maturity that any artist—or any...

Daniel López Infanzón – 8 Momentos 8 Fotografias

Review written by: Raul da Gama It will always remain one of those travesties of history that cultural exchanges—especially musical ones –between Europe and the...

Ark Ovrutski Quintet – Sounds of Brasil

That Ark Ovrutski is following his heart in pursuing the art of music is creditable. But that he has made it his mission to...

Bernal-Eckroth-Ennis – La Voz de Tres

Review written by: Raul da Gama This extraordinary trio distills the essential emotions of the music they make to such an extent that only the...

The Curtis Brothers: Completion of Proof

Everything about “Generation Y,” that generation that came after the baby boomers spelt “Generation Me”. These millennials are not as special as they thought...
Helio Alves Presents Música

Helio Alves Presents: Música

Helio Alves is a pianist whose playing is marked by the unsurpassed beauty of expression. The poetry of this expression is pronounced and manifests...

Jack DeJohnette – Sound Travels

Review written by: Raul da Gama Jack DeJohnette is not just one of the finest and important drummers playing today, but one of the most...

Chico Alvarez “El Montunero” – Country Roots/Urban Masters

Review written by: Raul da Gama One of the most endearing aspects of the great Afro-Cuban bands of the past—bands like those led by Mario...
Pedro Giraudo - Córdoba

Pedro Giraudo Jazz Orchestra: Córdoba

The abject beauty of bassist Pedro Giraudo’s album Cordoba is contained in its pastoral imagery and in the refinement of the rustic rhythms that...

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