Steve Khan: Subtext (Subtexto en Azul)

Steve Khan has never been a shy guitarist, but in the commercial world he appears a bit diffident. This is probably why he makes...

Carlos Barbosa-Lima – Merengue (Zoho Music – 2009)

There is distinct nobility surrounding the virtuosity of the guitarist, Carlos Barbosa-Lima. His South American sojourn, Merengue presents sweeping vistas and myriad emotions described by such technical superiority as only a few musicians have achieved. Unfortunately Barbosa-Lima’s reputation has not kept pace with his magnificent musicianship [...]

Abrazo: The Havana Sessions

Editor's Pick · Album of the Month · One of the greatest aspects of art is that it has never been restricted by geography. It...

Omar Sosa – Eggun: The Afri-Lectric Experience

Omar Sosa is an extraordinary musician embodying both the magical virtuosity of musicianship and its soulful roots all in one. Actually one could not...
Miguel Zenón - Típico

Miguel Zenón: Típico

One of the most interesting aspects of modern music – Jazz, for instance – is that the music starts with the record cover. The...

Pedro Martins – Sonhando Alto (Dreaming High)

Pedro Martins has arrived. Just like that the young guitarist has simply exploded on the musical stage, continuing the line of Brasilian guitarists who...

Marcus Tardelli – Unha & Carne (Biscoito Fino – 2009)

Even if Guinga never pronounced that Marcus Tardelli is "the greatest acoustic guitar player that Brazil has produced in history," the musical evidence on this record, Unha e Carne (Fingernail and Flesh for those interested), would certainly put him on a pedestal right next to Egberto Gismonti and the Assad Brothers. In fact, based on technique, expression, intonation and [...]
Eva Cortés Crossing Borders

Eva Cortés: Crossing Borders

Although the release of Crossing Borders by Eva Cortés comes just two years after In Bloom appeared on Truth Revolution Records, it feels like...
Chris Washburne - Rags and Roots

Chris Washburne: Rags and Roots

Editor's Pick · Featured Album · The Columbia University Professor, author and musician, trombonist Chris Washburne enjoys the company of some of the finest young...

Fernando Knopf: La Música es Sentimientos

The bassist Fernando Knopf manages his two hats very comfortably. He is always ahead of the game as a bassist and shepherds his musical cohort with...

Phil Bowler: Phil Bowler & Pocket Jungle

While no one was watching the bass chair Phil Bowler slipped back in and fired up his old ensemble back to life. After some...

Xiomara Laugart: Tears and Rumba

Xiomara Laugart is a major voice in music. She combines raw and elemental power with soulful interpretation of repertoire—traditional and...

Pablo Aslan Quintet – Piazzolla in Brooklyn

"Piazzolla originals are played with new élan and the ones that must have incurred the ire of the late master—“Laura” and “Lullaby of Birdland”—are...

Swing en 4 – Zumba que Zumba

With a complexity and variations of rhythms, there is always a balance of surprise and coherence in the music of Zumba que Zumba. The...

Carlos Franzetti: In the Key of Tango

Of the handful of recordings featuring the music of the tango, fewer still occupy rather prominent places in the mind’s mind: the pianist, Amy...

Bill Evans – Live at Art D’Lugoff’s Top of the Gate

Amid the pomp and circumstance of the releases of a myriad of new recordings in 2012, the releases of two significant records will forever be burned in the memory. The first is "Echoes of Indiana Avenue"...

David Virelles – Continuum

There is a living image of a man in chains that sticks in the mind, looking back at the land and home he left; fear in his heart as he crosses oceans in a swart ship, never to return. To comfort himself, he sings and beats the oars...

John Santos Sextet: Filosofía Caribeña Vol. 2

One aspect of John Santos’ music that sets him apart from many artists in the Latin realm is the depth of its spiritual consciousness....
Omar Sosa & NDR Big Band: es:sensual

Omar Sosa & NDR Big Band: es:sensual

Everything about the music of Omar Sosa seems not only to say that “Tradition is a wonderful reality,” but also something else: “not understanding...

Joaju Cuarteto: Ahoraite

Few recordings that have come out of the pen of (and performances by) Paraguayan musicians have captured the frenetic effervescence of Ahoraite by the...

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