Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Andrea Brachfeld: Brazilian Whispers

Andrea Brachfeld: Brazilian Whispers

Brazilian Whispers… How appropriate is that as the title for an album by Andrea Brachfeld. Not only does the instrument she plays – the...
Omara Portuondo, Ethiel Faílde

Ethiel Faílde: Keeper of the Flame of Danzón

Did Miguel Faílde (1852-1921) create or even “consciously stumble” upon (both better epithet than “invented”) the now-iconic danzón dance form that Cuba gave the...
Alfredo Rodríguez | Pedrito Martinez: Duologue

Alfredo Rodríguez | Pedrito Martinez: Duologue

Both Alfredo Rodríguez and Pedrito Martinez are musicians known for great virtuosity on their respective instruments – Mr Rodríguez on the piano and Mr...
Ibrahim Maalouf: S3NS

Ibrahim Maalouf: S3NS

There is, quite simply, no trumpeter in the world today who sounds like Ibrahim Maalouf. This has everything to do with his instrument, which...
Cuban Sax Quintet: Saxofones Live Sessions

Cuban Sax Quintet: Saxofones Live Sessions

Music played by ensembles comprising exclusively by saxophones became a phenomenon in Jazz with the World Saxophone Quartet. The group was founded in 1977...
Yasser Tejada & Palotré: Kijombo

Yasser Tejeda & Palotré: Kijombo

In almost all musical systems sacred music is held separate from its secular variant. In the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, for instance, we...
Calle Loiza Jazz Project: There Will Never Be Another You

Calle Loiza Jazz Project: There Will Never Be Another You

The music on There Will Never Be Another You by the Calle Loíza Jazz Project begins with the thunderous report of the barriles -...
Eduardo Sandoval: Más Trombón Que Nunca

Eduardo Sandoval: Más Trombón Que Nunca

Editor's Pick · Featured Album Of all of the brass and reed instruments played in music, somehow the trombone can be made to sound most...
Poncho Sánchez - Trane's Delight

Poncho Sánchez: Trane’s Delight

Editor's Pick · Featured Album Poncho Sánchez continues his long tribute to the ancestors of the music he knows and plays so well with Trane’s...
Cal Tjader & Eddie Palmieri - El Sonido Nuevo The New Soul Sound

Cal Tjader, Eddie Palmieri: El Sonido Nuevo / The New Soul Sound

Essential Albums Revisited “The finest work to date is, without question, El Sonido Nuevo. Vocal music is jettisoned, thus revealing, once and for all, the...
Daniel García Trio: Travesuras

Daniel García Trio: Travesuras

Frederic Mompou Dencausse (1893-1987) was a Catalan composer and pianist who composed some songs but whose work largely and masterfully explored the technical and...
Loz Speyer's Time Zone: Clave con Embargo

Loz Speyer’s Time Zone: Clave Sin Embargo

Having spent close to ten years in Oriente, in Eastern Cuba, a province that is made up of Las Tunas, Granma, Holguín, Guantánamo, and...
El Comité - Y Qué!? (So What) - Cuban Groove

El Comité: Y Qué!? (So What)

A fantasy of my own making: Truth be told, the Cubans and French have not got together to and create a wonderful musical take...
Alex Cuba: Sublime

Alex Cuba: Sublime

If some of you, like me, devour a new recording even before you first play it, turning the package over and over in your...
Daymé Arocena - Sonocardiogram

Daymé Arocena: Voice of a Volcanic Heartbeat

When Jane Bunnett introduced a young Afro-Cuban vocalist Daymé Arocena as the first led singer of her seminal all-woman ensemble Maqueque we knew someone...
Roberto Fonseca - Yesun

Roberto Fonseca: When the Fingers do the Chanting

The pianist Roberto Fonseca stands quite apart from the plethora of impressive young pianists to come out of Cuba since the era between Bebo...
Carlos Sarduy: Luz

Carlos Sarduy: Luz

Carlos Sarduy is a considerably decorated trumpeter, having won a Grammy, two Latin Grammys and a clutch of other awards for his inventive work...
Emilio Solla Tango Jazz Orchestra - Puertos

Emilio Solla Tango Jazz Orchestra: Puertos – Music From International Waters

Editor's Pick · Featured Album Reviewing music can be a vexing experience. Often recordings that bode well on paper disappoint somewhat in reality. And then...
Chick Corea - The Spanish Heart Band: Antidote

Chick Corea – The Spanish Heart Band: Antidote

Editor's Pick · Featured Album For young, aspiring pianists, Chick Corea and his music might easily be considered “essential study”. His breathtaking oeuvre offers so...
Negroni's Trio: Acústico

Negroni’s Trio Presents: Acústico

Negroni’s Trio is somewhat unique among piano trios. Bring culturally informed ideas not only by Afri-Caribbean music, but also – in its being influenced...