Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet: The Rhythm of Invention

Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet: The Rhythm of Invention

To the unsuspecting ear, this album The Rhythm of Invention from the Wayne Wallace Quintet (plus) might seem like just another Latin-Jazz recording, but...
Yuri Juárez | Jhair Sala: Lima

Yuri Juárez | Jhair Sala: Lima

Yuri Juárez has been exploring music for the guitar in what he calls “música criolla”, broadly, the Afro-Peruvian cultural topography. Following his epic guitar...

Chucho Valdés & Irakere: A 2-CD Retrospective

While you might have to wait until “My Reverie” on Disc Two to experience the full virtuosity of leader and pianist Chucho Valdés, it’s...

Josean Jacobo & Tumbao: Cimarrón

The frequency and intensity of Afro-centric music being created and released across the African Diaspora born and bred among the erstwhile Spanish colonies within...
David Sánchez: Carib

David Sánchez: Carib

The words “profoundly beautiful” are often used to describe works of art, but often some works appear to give new meaning to those words...
Michel Camilo: Essence

Michel Camilo: Essence

Following his success with his solo album Live in London Michel Camilo returns to revisiting his music on a very large palette – his...
Chiemi Nakai: Ascendant

Chiemi Nakai: Ascendant

Chiemi Nakai displays her remarkable piano chops with the heavy left hand tumbao while still managing to be delicately eloquent. Even when she is...

Cristina Morrison: Impredecible (Voces de Mujer)

When Cristina Morrison released Baronesa she may have been considered an vocal artist of boundless promise, but since then and with the advent of...

New Bojaira: Zorongo Blu

BUY THIS ALBUM ON AMAZON.COM Jesús Hernández and Alfonso Cid (one half of New Bojaira – the others...
Marlon Simon: Rumba a la Patato

Marlon Simon: Rumba a la Patato

There are many reasons why it is a remarkable travesty of justice that the celebrated Venezuelan drummer and percussionist, Marlon Simon, has had to...
Señor Groove: Little Havana

Señor Groove: Little Havana

The real Cuba may be just about ninety miles away from the tip of Florida, but where Señor Groove come from, in Miami, there’s...
Gregor Huebner: Los Soñadores

Gregor Huebner: Los Soñadores

To listen to the voice of The Dreamers struggling against a manic administration in the 2019 White House is not too much to ask...
Yaíma Sáez at Flato Markham Theatre

Yaíma Sáez Brings a Burst of Sunshine from Cuba to Canada

As part of the Cuban Focus Series (2018-2019 Diamond Season) Cuban singer Yaíma Sáez y su Grupo made their debut appearance at the intimate...
Arturo Sandoval at Flato Markham Theatre

Feel The Heat: Arturo Sandoval at Flato Markham Theatre

Arturo Sandoval - Cuban Focus Series - March 23, 2019 Spring had arrived but you wouldn’t know it by the temperature outside. Only the billboard...
Rafael Zaldivar - Consecration

Rafael Zaldivar: Consecration

This album from the Quebec-based Rafael Zaldivar entitled Consecration is completely sonically apposite to almost anything Afro-Cuban you might be used to listening to....
Diego Figueiredo & Chuchito Valdés

Diego Figueiredo meets “Chuchito” Valdés at Flato Markham Theatre

Brazil meets Cuba, a time for Markham and GTA residents to come in from the cold for what was promised to be some hot...
Hilario Durán at Koerner Hall

Hilario Durán Latin Jazz Big Band at Koerner Hall (Concert Review)

On the evening of Saturday, February 9, 2019, Cuban-Canadian piano master Hilario Durán and his Latin Jazz Big Band returned to Koerner Hall in...
Various Artists: The Complete Cuban Jam Sessions

Various Artists: The Complete Cuban Jam Sessions

There is much anecdotal evidence – some of it apocryphal – that the Cubans brought a diabolical complexity to Jazz when the musicians among...

Ray Barretto: Standards Rican-ditioned

This album Standards Rican-ditioned by Ray Barretto has a very special – albeit tragic – place in the history and in the everlasting...
Felipe Salles - The Lullaby Project

Felipe Salles: The Lullaby Project

When you are so perfectly attuned to your ancestry and your culture as Felipe Salles is then you are halfway to producing the most...

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