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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.

Yuri Juarez: Afroperuano

It may not happen from the first note, but soon the music on Afroperuano begins to magically evoke the sound of the wind rushing...
Afrodisian Orchestra - Mediterraciones

Afrodisian Orchestra: Mediterraciones

Few records in 2009 are going to have such an impact on the world of music as the Afrodisian Orchestra’s Mediterraciones. This is because there are few, just a few musicians – even native Spanish ones – who have come to imbibe completely the incredible ethos of Spain. The myriad influences – from religious (Jewish, Christian, Muslim...) to ethnic (Western Gothic, Moorish, [...]

Chembo Corniel: Things I Wanted To Do

There is nothing like a swinging, stomping Latin-Jazz record laden with sensuous clave and robust horns and relentless, driving percussion to stir the senses....

Josep Soto – Groc (Temps Records 2008)

Groc is an unusual record. It is a Josep Soto’s not-so-secret and masterful way acknowledging the collision of Spanish music with the music of cultures that Spain, Portugal and other Latin countries set out to influence when they colonized the New World. Uniquely the Spanish music that Soto has experienced grew and cross-pollinated with Argentinean, Brasilian, Cuban [...]

Gabriel Alegria: Nuevo Mundo

Every once in awhile there comes a musician who, when playing his or her chosen instrument, seems to carry within a vital life-force that...
The Joel LaRue Smith Trio - September's Child

Joel LaRue Smith Trio: September’s Child

There is indeed a deep connection between Africa, the Americas, the Caribbean and Europe. As September's Child unfolds the sweeping musical journey begins as...
Mario Adnet - Samba Meets Boogie Woogie

Mario Adnet: Samba Meets Boogie Woogie

This is a truly remarkable recording and features fifteen tracks that make for a stellar tribute bossa nova, before it became the Bossa Nova. These fifteen tracks were all written and most of them were performed during the 1940s and 1950s. There have been many recordings that purport to pay tribute to various historic periods in music, but none have been so exquisitely rendered [...]

Felipe Salles – Timeline (Curare Records 2008)

The angularity of Thelonious Monk melodies together with his idiosyncratic harmonic architecture, surrounded by rhythms that revolve and echo - bouncing off clouds and air. Sheets of Coltrane slicing through the wind, artfully chopped in short strident rhythms that rhyme with the rattle of the tom toms. High hat's chop-chop-ch-ch-ch-chop and rolling rattle of those toms again [...]

Mark Weinstein – Lua e Sol (Jazzheads Records 2008)

The amazing thing about Lua e Sol the new record by Mark Weinstein, is that might easily have passed like a ship in the night. It if did, it would appear to be a case of history repeating itself, for his historic recording, Cuban Roots (Catalogue Music, 1967) was similarly treated - almost as if it did not matter, when in fact it was one of the earliest and most important records [...]

Jane Bunnett: Embracing Voices

Jane Bunnett is never afraid to push the envelope. She did so with her 1988 album, In Dew Time, the now out-of-print vinyl that...

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