Alexis Cuadrado – A Lorca Soundscape

The mighty task of transposing the great Federico García Lorca from the landscape of poetry to the soundscape of music—despite the inherent musicality of his work—is a daunting one.

Laura Otero: From Noche to Night

Anyone who has heard Laura Otero from her earlier repertoire or her remarkable performances on stage in Colombia’s Misi Productions will want to discover...

Tony Succar: Unity – The Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson

Another tribute to Michael Jackson is not how the supremely-talented composer, arranger and percussionist Tony Succar would like his album to be remembered. And...

Arturo Sandoval – A Time for Love (Concord Jazz – 2010)

The great trumpeter, Maurice André and Wynton Marsalis apart (who play in other musical realms as well, everybody really serious about the idiom of jazz—about music in general—dreams about making a recording with a string ensemble. Louis Armstrong made What a Wonderful World, his album of Broadway, Hollywood and standard charts. Cornetist, Warren Vaché made his, Don’t Look Back (Arbors Records, 2006) [...]

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...

The Paul Winter Sextet – Count Me In 1962-1963

The historicity of this Paul Winter Sextet recording, Count Me In: 1962-1963, is significant. The performances came were honed by an ensemble that was...

Flamenco Legend Tomatito at Koerner Hall

José Fernández Torres, better known as Tomatito (born in Almería, Spain in 1958), is one of the greatest living flamenco guitarist. He started his...

Jamie Dubberly & Orquesta Dharma: La Clave del Gumbo

The title of this fantastic and intoxicating album is a dead giveaway. La Clave del Gumbo bestraddles the two not-so-disparate worlds of Cuba...
Diego El Cigala

Diego El Cigala Pays Tribute to the Soul and Spirit of Salsa Music

"Diego Ramón Jiménez Salazar (born in Madrid, on December 27, 1968), known as El Cigala (Spanish for 'Norway Lobster', a popular crustacean in Spain),...

Stacey Kent: The Changing Lights

There are few vocalists who can sing with such fragrant lyricism as Stacey Kent. The fact that she can sing in several languages—and make...

SM Quinteto – Historias, Cuentos y Canciones

Sammy Morales has been for years, one of the most respected musicians in the Puerto Rico music scene, and a bassist with vast experience...

Peter MacDonough – The Woo (Self produced – 2010)

The whole concept of Peter MacDonough's album The Woo: A Latin Jazz Suite for Soprano Saxophone, from the cover art to the name of the songs is based on the movie The Wizard of Oz. Reinterpretations of movie songs is not something new in jazz, John Coltrane did it with My Favorite Things, a song from The Sound of Music. But what MacDonough did here is a Latin Jazz version of a complete movie soundtrack. And just as Coltrane did on My Favorite Things [...]

Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet: Intercambio

Wayne Wallace has accomplished more than most musicians do in a lifetime. He has done so not merely because as a musician he is...

André Vasconcellos – 2 (Adventure Music -2011)

There is nothing predictable about the music of André Vasconcellos. To begin with, he is one of a crop of fresh Brazilian musicians that include guitarists Daniel Santiago and Yamandú Costa, mandolin-player, Hamilton de Holanda and, chief among them, pianist André Mehmari who are re-evaluating their native milieu and the idiom in which they write. They are doing this in relation to the Romantic Era of 17th and 18th Century music [...]
Bobby Carcassés Y AfroJazz: Blues Con Montuno

Bobby Carcassés Y AfroJazz · Blues Con Montuno

For the many lovers of music, who often tend to forget about the treasures we have among us, here’s a timely reminder from one...
JALC with Wynton Marsalis - Una Noche con Rubén

JLCO with Wynton Marsalis: Una Noche con Rubén Blades

The prospect of Rubén Blades performing with the mighty Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra during the 2014-15 concert season must surely have had music...

Chilcano – Madera Corazón (Saponegro Records 2011)

Trumpeter Gabriel Alegría’s first album to attract attention was the sensational Nuevo Mundo, which featured his seminal sextet, an ensemble that included one of the greatest living Peruvian musical masters, Freddy “Huevito” Lobaton, a percussionist whose genius is every bit the equal to that other great Latin American, Nana Vasconscelos of Brazil. The personnel in that ensemble—with a change of bassist—produced another startling album, Pucusana [...]
Amanda Martinez - Mañana

Amanda Martinez: Mañana

Amanda Martinez has been concentrating on her own music for some time since she made way for Laura Fernandez to take her Saturday afternoon...

Banda La República: Fiesta Elegante

Explosion of Latin taste and enjoyment is what Banda La República brings us with his new album "Fiesta Elegante". Led by the brilliant composer,...

Alí Bello: Connection Caracas-New York

Connection Caracas—New York features the new Alí Bello. Gone is the flamboyance that marked his playing when he auditioned for the You Tube Symphony Orchestra 2011, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas...

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