Saturday, April 4, 2020
Cal Tjader - The Best of the Corcord Years

Cal Tjader: The Very Best of the Concord Years

These recordings have captured the vibraphone artistry of Cal Tjader in what was to become the last years of his life. He was only...
Maria Cangiano - Renaceré

Maria Cangiano: Renaceré (Piazzolla X Cangiano)

It has been some time since we have heard from Maria Cangiano. But the sultry-voiced Argentinean contralto has returned with a new recording of...

Paul Carlon – La Rumba is a Lovesome Thing: A Tribute to Billy Strayhorn

What on earth would Billy Strayhorn think of La Rumba is a Lovesome Thing? It is, after all, a somewhat irreverent tribute—the music is relocated from its original big band setting into the Latin realm...

Tony Succar: Unity – The Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson (Live)

This is the second stage (if you like) of Tony Succar’s monumental tribute to Michael Jackson. Unity – The Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson,...
Alfonso Fuentes - Plena - Improvisaciones Para Piano

Alfonso Fuentes: PLENA – improvisaciones para piano

Alfonso Fuentes is better known for his classical work that has been performed – and recorded – by musicians of some of the most...

Jacques Schwarz-Bart: Jazz Racine Haïti

This album by the composer and tenor saxophonist Jacques Schwarz-Bart Jazz Racine Haïti is significant for several factual reasons and the core aspects...
Gastón Joya: Mama Ina

Gastón Joya: Mama Ina

A fierce energy leaps out of the opening notes of Mama Ina, the exquisitely-crafted debut album by the prodigiously-gifted bassist Gastón Joya. It is...

Mark Weinstein: In Jerusalem

At a time when virtually everything is available on CD, many musicians – flutists, in this instance – search for something both different and...

Ayako Shirasaki – Some Other Time

I had the pleasure of discovering Ayako Shirasaki’s music when I wrote a review for her previous album recorded live in Hamburg. For those...

Jonathan Suazo: Extracts of a Desire

"Extracts of a Desire," co-produced by Miguel Zenón and dedicated to his father Ramón A. Suazo, who died in 2012, certainly does not sound...
Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet - Bien Bien

Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet: Bien Bien!

The music with clave that began with Machito's "Tanga," and George Russell's "Cubana-Be Cubana-Bop" has come a long way. With clave in his soul, trombonist Wayne Wallace proves yet again on his record Bien Bien! that the cheer of the music is truly infectious. Wallace is rare among musicians who can "swing" as well as he can "clave." He has that and all kinds of shuffle [...]

Adventure Music Ten Years – Compiled by Monday Michiru

It could not have been an easy task to compile the Adventure Music Ten Years 3-CD set to commemorate the label’s decade of recording...

Luis Muñoz – Luz

It is the simple and sheer beauty of the melodic musicality of Luis Muñoz that is so powerful that these qualities captivate the senses....

Mike Eckroth: Piano and Rhythm

Pianists who embark on Cuban music projects usually present them as traditional or modern, but rarely both. Mike Eckroth does both on his extraordinary...
Carlos Martin - The Journey

Carlos Martín Presents: The Journey

There is a visceral ecstasy that runs through the music of The Journey, a veritable musical odyssey by the trombonist, occasional trumpeter and magnificent conguero, Carlos Martín. This is duende of a different kind, largely due to the fact that the music...

Nilson Matta’s Brazilian Voyage – Copacabana (Zoho Music)

How it is possible that Nilson Matta is allowed to fly so under the proverbial radar, with recognition mainly from his peers is one...

Benjamim Taubkin + Adriano Adewale – The Vortex Sessions

It is sometimes by pure happenstance that musicians happen to be in the right place, with the right vibrations swirling between them and in...

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...

Adriana Miki – Mulata de Arroz

The pristine nature of Adriana Miki’s voice puts it easily within the realm of reality that Ms. Miki would be one of the heraldic...

Steve Pouchie and His Latin Jazz Ensemble: North by Northeast

This album, North by Northeast is an infinitely sophisticated recording, full of romantic allusions from literature and film. If it suggests Alfred Hitchcock, it...