Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Harold López-Nussa - Te Lo Dije

Harold López-Nussa: Te Lo Dije

No matter what setting he is performing in, whenever Harold López-Nussa is engaged in performance you can be rest assured of music where the...
Doug Beavers: Sol

Doug Beavers: Sol

You can always count on Doug Beavers – one of the creative mainstays of the formidable Spanish Harlem Orchestra – to surprise you with...
Chico Pinheiro: City of Dreams

Chico Pinheiro: City of Dreams

Chico Pinheiro’s album City of Dreams – so appropriately entitled for 2020 – is spectacular and proves that even in a very crowded field...
Cortijo and his Time Machine

Cortijo’s Time Machine y su Máquina del Tiempo

Essential Albums Revisited ***** Today, Cortijo & His Time Machine y su Máquina del Tiempo (Coco Records, 1974) is considered a classic and (misleadingly) one...
Joe McCarthy – The New York Afro Bop Alliance Big Band: Upwards

Joe McCarthy – The New York Afro Bop Alliance Big Band: Upwards

A rare, albeit singular feeling of joy while living under a lockdown due to the pandemic is the receipt, in the mail, of a...
Robby Ameen: Diluvio

Robby Ameen: Diluvio

The drummer Robby Ameen’s 3rd recording Diluvio explodes with atomic energy right off the blocks with the celebrated rhythmist striking a particularly pose with...
David Broza - en Casa Limón

David Broza: en Casa Limón

David Broza’s declaration that the internationalism of humanity lies in music – no matter the extent of numerous Diasporas across the universe – has...
César Orozco Kamarata Jazz - Rooted Forward

César Orozco & Kamarata Jazz: Rooted Forward

Any recording by the inimitable César Orozco & Kamarata Jazz would be one to look forward to, but his 2020 release Rooted Forward is...
Papo Vázquez Mighty Pirates Troubadours - Chapter 10: Breaking Cover

Papo Vázquez Mighty Pirates Troubadours – Chapter 10: Breaking Cover

Raw energy and elegant frenzy have been abiding concepts that drive the music of Papo Vázquez, who has thrown, together with his singular ensemble...
José Rizo's Mongorama: Mariposas Cantan

José Rizo’s Mongorama: Mariposas Cantan

Inside the highly evocative cover of this CD package - Mariposas Cantan - is also contained some of the most evocative music ever made...
Diego Urcola Quartet featuring Paquito DRivera - El Duelo

Diego Urcola Quartet ft. Paquito D’Rivera: El Duelo

Featured Album · Editor’s Pick The juxtaposition of two major musicians – without a piano to bind them harmonically and only a bassist and drummer...
Estrella Acosta: Noche Cubana

Estrella Acosta: Noche Cubana

With this extended play of five songs on Noche Cubana the Cuban-born, Amsterdam-based vocalist Estrella Acosta covers an impressive array of classic Cuban music...
Lauren Henderson: The Songbook Sessions

Lauren Henderson: The Songbook Session

You will realise just how much you missed listening to the eloquence of classic standards from the very first bars of Lauren Henderson’s recording,...
The John Santos Sextet - Art of the Descarga

The John Santos Sextet: Art of the Descarga

The singular scholarship of John Santos has never been in any doubt. Though the Introduction to Art of the Descarga delves into the details...
Pablo Ablanedo: Chistreza

Pablo Ablanedo: Chistreza

Featured Album · Editor’s Pick The most remarkable aspect of the music of Pablo Ablanedo is the compositions themselves. As an artist Mr Ablanedo has...
Aruán Ortíz with Andrew Cyrille and Mauricio Herrera - Inside Rhythmic Falls

Aruán Ortíz with Andrew Cyrille and Mauricio Herrera: Inside Rhythmic Falls

The culture of the Caribbean – entrenched, as it is in the indigenous populations of the various islands – is also dominated by two...
Adrien Brandeis - Meetings

Adrien Brandeis: Meetings

The young pianist Adrien Brandeis has taken an extraordinarily challenging step on Meetings, which is just his second recording as leader. He has chosen...
Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Aymée Nuviola - Viento y Tiempo

Gonzalo Rubalcaba & Aymée Nuviola: Viento Y Tiempo – Live at Blue Note Tokyo

The African Diaspora spread rather evenly throughout the Caribbean and it is manifest in many aspects of culture from the Gulf Coast of...
Felipe Salles Interconnections Ensemble - The New Immigrant Experience

Felipe Salles Interconnections Ensemble: The New Immigrant Experience

During the course of your mission as a music critic you might come across numerous recordings that are really good – even great. But...
Tony Succar & Pablo Gil: Raices Jazz Orchestra

Tony Succar & Pablo Gil: Raíces Jazz Orchestra

Featured Album · Editor’s Pick A big band project with Tony Succar and Pablo Gil at the helm has probably been in the making for...