Luis Muñoz – Invisible (Pelin Music – 2010)

Luis Muñoz thinks with an open palette of sound. His vision of music is as sweeping as the eye can see and absorbs a wide spectrum of color and tone texture, from the sophisticated rough and tumble of the trance-like sound of Afro-centric worship music to the delightful swing of idiomatic phrases that spring from the joyous spirit of jazz [...]

Gabriel Guerrero – Feyas

Gabriel Guerrero is blest with a masterful musical intellect. This enables him to form gorgeous melodic ideas that seemingly appear out of nowhere to captivate the heart and mind of...
Mike Freeman ZonaVibe: Venetian Blinds

Mike Freeman ZonaVibe: Venetian Blinds

Mike Freeman and ZonaVibe pay wonderful homage to two of great vibraphone masters of musicians on Venetian Blinds; Tito Puente and Bobby Hutcherson. Tongue...

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...

William Johnson – Flor de Vida/Flower of Life

William Johnson's release Flor de Vida/Flower of Life contains a good dose of latin influenced fused smooth jazz. Except for the track “Discovery”, all...

Carmen Cuesta: Toda Una Vida

There is a quiet, almost invisible blue flame that burns brightly when Carmen Cuesta pronounces the words in the lyrics of her songs. She...
Magos Herrera & Brooklyn Rider: Dreamers

Magos Herrera & Brooklyn Rider: Dreamers

You can now declare Magos Herrera to be one of the greatest contemporary interpreters of song. Her consummate and sultry contralto is pitch-perfect and...

Gema Corredera – Derramando Luz

"On Derramando Luz Gema explores aspects of cuban music fused with the harmonics of jazz and convey both the present and the past of...

Iguazú Acoustic Trio – Rubio

A vivid sound with a style compounded of elegance and full of unexpected detail, that is the music of Iguazú Acoustic Trio. The...

Spirit Seeker, John Coltrane’s Musical Journey

Just when you thought you knew everything there was to know about John Coltrane along comes the children’s book, Spirit Seeker – The Life...

Ray Mantilla – The Connection

Ray Mantilla may be better remembered for his being one of the founding members of Max Roach’s legendary drum ensemble, M’Boom, but in reality...

Fabrizio Mocata Trio – Puccini Moods

Fabrizio Mocata is a pianist and a composer based in Italy, he recently performed in Canada at the Brampton Jazz & Blues Festival. I...
Samuel Quinto Trio - Salsa N Jazz

Samuel Quinto Trio: Salsa’ N Jazz

There is something about this new Brasilian-born pianist, Samuel Quinto that strikes a vibrant chord in the inner ear. Perhaps it has to do with his wonderful grasp of the joy that abounds in the Brasilian northeast… his sense of “alegria.” Perhaps it also has to do with his mature approach, wonderful use of dynamics, his expression and his innate ability to allow the tonal center of his music [...]
Ernesto Vega: Tradition and Beyond

Ernesto Vega: Tradition and Beyond

All that is unusual and unexpected about this recording – even before you get to listen to a note of it – is encapsulated...

Bill O’Connell and The Afro-Caribbean Ensemble: Wind Off the Hudson

Devotees of the incredible vivacity of Afro-Caribbean music will be spoiled for choice of a favourite moment (or moments) on this inspired 2019 release...

Laura Andrea Leguía: Saxofón Criollo

It is entirely within the realm of possibility that, eyes shut; the soprano saxophone of Laura Andrea Leguía is engaged in an interminable dance...

David Virelles: Mbókò

Sacred Music for Piano, Two Basses, Drum Set and Biankoméko Abakuá The Afro-Cuban music of David Virelles’ 2015 ECM disc, Mbókò is not so much...

Los Más Valientes Live! At Makor

A 10th Anniversary Celebration Recorded at a live concert performance at Makor (a renowned midtown club in New York City), this is Los Más Valientes’...

Francesco Marcocci Quintet: Folklorico

This volume of music affirms Francesco Marcocci’s exemplary music and double bass prowess as well as serves to further draw attention to the still...

Jack DeJohnette – Sound Travels

Review written by: Raul da Gama Jack DeJohnette is not just one of the finest and important drummers playing today, but one of the most...