Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Cal Tjader & Eddie Palmieri - El Sonido Nuevo The New Soul Sound

Cal Tjader, Eddie Palmieri: El Sonido Nuevo / The New Soul Sound

“The finest work to date is, without question, El Sonido Nuevo. Vocal music is jettisoned, thus revealing, once and for all, the depth of...
Daniel García Trio - Reinier Elizarde "El Negrón", Daniel García, Michael Olivera

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 recordings that bode well on paper disappoint somewhat in reality. And then...
Chick Corea - The Spanish Heart Band: Antidote

Chick Corea – The Spanish Heart Band: Antidote

Editor's Pick · Featured Album For young, aspiring pianists, Chick Corea and his music might easily be considered “essential study”. His breathtaking oeuvre offers so...
Negroni's Trio: Acústico

Negroni’s Trio Presents: Acústico

Negroni’s Trio is somewhat unique among piano trios. Bring culturally informed ideas not only by Afri-Caribbean music, but also – in its being influenced...
Chris Trinidad: Chris Trinidad y Con Todo

Chris Trinidad: Chris Trinidad y Con Todo

In the sonic scheme of things – not to get too wrapped up in similarities and differences between the sound of El Barrio and...
Sorte! Music by John Finbury ft. Thalma De Freitas

Sorte! – John Finbury ft. Thalma De Freitas

Editor's Pick · Featured Album Two albums into his worshipful “Brasilian sojourn” John Finbury has written six new songs that further declare his abject love...
Kiki Valera: Vivencias en Clave

Kiki Valera: Vivencias en Clave Cubana

It’s odd to think that a recording in 2019 could be deemed to have become “historic” upon its release, but this one - Vivencias...

Carrera Quinta: Traslaciones

Ever since I can remember it has become commonplace for any music that combined Afro-Caribbean rhythmic tempi with the improvisational aspect of Jazz to...
Raquel Cepeda: Passion

Raquel Cepeda: Passion – Latin Jazz

There is a breathtaking array of music on this album Passion by Raquel Cepeda – music from an array of South American traditions as...
Michele Rosewoman's New Yor-Uba: Hallowed

Michele Rosewoman’s New Yor-Uba: Hallowed

Of all of the utterly unique aspects of the music of Michele Rosewoman’s New Yor-Uba, some are more breathtaking than everything else. Firstly, to...

Alberto Lescay & Formas: Escape

The title Escape has an intriguing ring to it. Escape from what, you might ask? And then the music begins and you get the...
Paquito D'Rivera and The United Nation Orchestra: A Night in Englewood

Paquito D’Rivera and The United Nation Orchestra: A Night in Englewood

This album was made at the time after Paquito D’Rivera had inherited what was left of Dizzy Gillespie’s seminal United Nation Orchestra and just...
Ernesto Vega: Tradition and Beyond

Ernesto Vega: Tradition and Beyond

All that is unusual and unexpected about this recording – even before you get to listen to a note of it – is encapsulated...