Juan García-Herreros – The Snow Owl: Normas

It is apocryphal that you can take the Colombian out of the Cumbia, but you can never take the Cumbia out of the Colombian....

Rubén Blades’ New Album: Son de Panamá

Two years ago -in 2013- at the great salsa festival “Salsa al Parque” in the city of Bogotá, I had the privilege of listening...

Paquito D’Rivera & Quinteto Cimarrón: Aires Tropicales

Not only is every track on this CD “perfection” but each proclaims artists of exceptional calibre, establishing their positions as important players of Cuban...

Enrique Rodríguez: Enriquito – Me Quito El Sombrero

Conventional wisdom might suggest that there can be no Spanish music—especially that, which derives from traditional Flamenco sounds—without the lead voice being a Spanish...

Roberto López Afro-Colombian Jazz Orchestra: Azul

Montréal has been called “Canada’s Cultural Capital”, and rightfully so. A fertile terrain for musical talent from all over the world, the second largest Canadian city is home to Roberto López since 1994, when he arrived to pursue...

Chico O’Farrill: The Afro-Cuban Jazz Suites 1 and 2

Arturo “Chico” O’Farrill, who was born in Cuba in 1921, decided to follow family tradition and enter into law practice. But before he could...

Meeco – Amargo Mel (Connector Records 2009)

Meeco is a rather young musician who appears drawn not simply to the musical idioms of jazz, popular music and a myriad ones in the Latin tradition, he also set out to do what musicians of his age seldom attempt. He made a troubadour record. "Amargo Mel" is a very difficult project to pull off, even if you have a stellar cast that includes the likes of Reggie Moore [...]

Rubén González: Introducing Rubén González

It is one of those travesties of justice that some of Cuba’s greatest musicians were discovered or re-discovered by adoring audiences worldwide when they...
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...

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...

Dizzy Gillespie y Machito: Afro-Cuban Jazz Moods

Dizzy Gillespie honored his African roots in many ways. His chameleonic writing was a testament to this fact. He also, along with Chano Pozo,...

Jerry González and Miguel Blanco Big Band: Tribute to the Fort Apache Band

Jerry Gonzalez’s Fort Apache Band was probably one of the last, most iconic ensembles to come out of New York, via the ether of Puerto Rico. Few bands would boast the fire of a trumpet cast...

Los Hermanos Arango: Africa

Not since the early records of Fela Kuti and Teddy Osei has there been an album with such extraordinary excitement as Africa. The music...

Ola Fresca: Elixir

Jose Conde is a musician whom I have grown to admire recently. However, such repertoire, so close to traditional forms of Afro-Cuban music is...

Stan Getz-Charlie Byrd: Jazz Samba

The year 2014 marks fifty-two years after the classic album Jazz Samba, was recorded. There is a very good reason for the extraordinary longevity...

Horace Silver: Song for my Father

Of all the iconic recordings of the 50’s and 60’s, Horace Silver’s Song for my Father will always be remembered as one of...

Estaire Godinez: This Time…

On a good day it is very likely that you’ll find an artist who is a fine vocalist fronting a highly successful ensemble. But...

Mark Levine & The Latin Tinge – Off & On: The Music of Moacir...

If ever a record could be likened to a comet streaking across the musical stratosphere and a long time coming at that, this one...

Giovanni Hidalgo: Villa Hidalgo

Giovanni Hidalgo is just fifty-two years old, but he has been a professional percussionist for a little over forty years. This is remarkable. Very few percussionists, even those in the rest of...

Brian Andres and the Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel: This Could Be That

You can always count on Brian Andres and the Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel to put on a show worthy of an award. Whether this will...

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