Alex Conde - Origins

Alex Conde: Origins

When Alex Conde turns up the power at any given time, he’s like an orchestra all by himself. Now magnify that several times on...

Duduka Da Fonseca Trio: Jive Samba

Not all interpreters have proved to be distinguished interpreters of other composers’ works, but Duduka Da Fonseca has managed to maintain...
Wayne Shorter Quartet at Koerner Hall - Toronto, April 22, 2017

Wayne Shorter Quartet Live @Koerner Hall

Wayne Shorter Quartet @ Koerner Hall - TO 22/4/2017 I Dare You The Wayne Shorter Quartet, a treat for our times, these troubled times, when the...

Machito: Kenya

Far from being the obligatory “essential Latin Jazz” album, Machito’s Kenya escapes this glib epithet by the skin of its teeth. Drumming out the...

David Helbock’s Random Control: Think of Two

The Europeans have almost always been adventurous first. After all, it was the Europeans who sailed to the New World and not the other...

Miguel de León – Postcards from Rio (Migsmuse Records – 2009)

There are several multi-lingual artists—some are even musicians. However, the fact that several languages may be spoken, even sung, it does not mean that they get to the soul of the musical culture whose garb they put on for the occasion. But Miguel de León is one of those artists who wears a cultural garb just like a second skin [...]

Gian-Carla Tisera & Elio Villafranca: Nora la Bella

Nora la Bella may not be the only recording where an operatic soprano has made a crossover from the classical realm into music of...

Sofia Tosello, Yuri Juárez: Tangolandó

When Yuri Juárez plays a guitar, his touch is so full of soul and his expression and technique so sensual that his playing is...

Aguabella – Nuestra Era (Self Published 2011)

There has not been much activity in the form of homages or tributes to Francisco Aguabella, so perhaps the arrival of Nuestra Era is a blessing. The late percussionist has come to be revered as one of the greatest masters of Afro-Cuban music. He spent the mature years of his life enriching the music of the American West Coast bringing the sanctity and aural worship of the Santeria with his batá drums to the idiom of Latin Jazz [...]

Venissa Santi: Big Stuff—Afro-Cuban Holiday

Just what is so special about the vocalastics of Venissa Santi—just what is so singularly unique—is so eminently clear on Big Stuff—Afro-Cuban Holiday, the...

Dave Chamberlain’s Band of Bones: Stomp!

Dave Chamberlain’s Band of Bones’ recital is a gloriously deceptive one. For here is no familiar programme of New Orleans music but an enterprising...

Luisito Quintero: 3rd Element

The incidence of percussionists playing music is far greater than musicians who happen to be percussionists. Luisito Quintero falls into the latter category. Luisito Quintero was born in Caracas...
Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra - 40 Acres and a Burro

Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra: 40 Acres and a Burro

There may be a tongue-in-cheek aspect to Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra’s album, 40 Acres and a Burro (Zoho Music -...
Chano Domínguez - Over The Rainbow

Chano Domínguez: Over The Rainbow

In what has suddenly become the rising tide of Latin Jazz music, Chano Domínguez rides the crest of the wave, his music, surfing in...

Samuel Yirga – Guzo

Ethiopian pianist and composer, Samuel Yirga is a young man with a bold vision and a voracious appetite. His debut recording titled Guzo –...
CaboCubaJazz - Corason Africano

CaboCubaJazz Presents: Corason Africano

Despite the fact that the ‘goodies’ are fairly well-distributed among the musicians, one can’t help the feeling that it is the hand – or...

Mongo Santamaria: Our Man in Havana

This superb music from 1956 has an odd footnote at the bottom of my copy, which says “Recorded under the personal supervision of the...

2012 Puerto Rico Heineken Jazz Fest: Review

Thursday, March 29, 2012 The 22nd edition of the Puerto Rico Heineken Jazz Fest started exactly at 8pm Thursday, March 29. (Usually this fest takes...
Alfredo Rodríguez: The Little Dream

Alfredo Rodríguez · The Little Dream

To say that you can never know what to expect from pianist Alfredo Rodríguez would no longer be a surprising observation even if the...
Gilson Schachnik and Mauricio Zottarelli - Mozik

Gilson Schachnik and Mauricio Zottarelli: Mozik

It is amazing how it sometimes takes a foreign adventure to find one’s appreciation for the culture of home territory. Whereas the love of...

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