Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Francesco Cataldo - Giulia

Francesco Cataldo: Giulia

The pairing of a piano and a guitar – though not so rare in popular music of any style – makes for unusual and...
Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra

Arturo O’Farrill | The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra: Four Questions

Editor's Pick · Featured Album To say that the art of Arturo O’Farrill is “fascinating” would be telling only part of his story, for Mr...
Ethiel Faílde and Orquesta Faílde - Faílde con Tumbao

Orquesta Faílde: Faílde con Tumbao

Eight years have passed since Ethiel Faílde (he's the great-great-nephew of the musical creator of the danzón Miguel Faílde) and a group of talented...

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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Poncho Sánchez - Trane's Delight

Poncho Sánchez: Trane’s Delight

Editor's Pick · Featured Album Poncho Sánchez continues his long tribute to the ancestors of the music he knows and plays so well with Trane’s...
Cal Tjader & Eddie Palmieri - El Sonido Nuevo The New Soul Sound

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

Essential Albums Revisited “The finest work to date is, without question, El Sonido Nuevo. Vocal music is jettisoned, thus revealing, once and for all, the...