Rebel Tumbao: Rebel Tumbao

If good musical art is meant to find the listener catching his or her breath at its beauty, it is also meant to pierce...

Iván “Melón” Lewis: Ayer y Hoy

Iván “Melón” Lewis leapt to attention in a single bound backing up the wonderful singer, Buika, and ever since then he has been unfolding...
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...
Ray Mantilla - The Connection

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...
Ancestral Memories - Yosvany Terry - Baptiste Trotignon

Ancestral Memories – Yosvany Terry & Baptiste Trotignon

Each of these premiere recordings on Ancestral Memories references the continuum of music written and performed in a series of cycles that seem to...
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...

Pedrito Martínez – Rumba de la Isla

Pedrito Martínez and his Rumba de la Isla, A Tribute to Maestro Camarón Rumba de la Isla is the new album that Pedrito Martínez, the...
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...

Ralph Irizarry & Timbalaye: 20th Anniversary

That Ralph Irizarry’s percussion has found numerous champions attests to the timbalero’s ability to play in a well-crafted, idiomatic manner in wide-ranging, accessible and...

Hilton Ruiz: Heroes

Although the extraordinary pianist Hilton Ruiz made many superb recordings in his short career, none is more iconic than Heroes and it is not...

Alberto Lescay & Formas: Escape

The title Escape has an intriguing ring to it. Escape from what, you might ask? And then the music begins and you get the...

Arturo Stable Quintet – Call (Origen Records – 2009)

There are a few times—only just a few times—when musicians are able to find the intensity in a performance where the primordial cry is so distinct that communication with the Divine is so total, it may be experienced almost like an out-of-body one. Such is the intensity with which the artists have made the compositions of Arturo Stable come alive on Call [...]

Helen Sung: Anthem for a New Day

Helen Sung’s pianism is informed by elegance and an intellect that goes far beyond her young years. Both qualities cannot be learnt. The former...

Rick Arroyo – Mr. P (Arroyando Music – 2011)

Born in Bronx, NY, multi instrumentalist Rick Arroyo began playing piano at the age of 9, drums at age 11, congas, vibraphone at the age of 14 and has worked with some of the best Latin jazz musicians in the US. All that experience shows on his album Mr. P. The album starts with "Mr. P", dedicated to master Puerto Rican pianist Eddie Palmieri. The "afinque" on this piece (afinque means playing tight) is reminiscent of the glory days of salsa music [...]

Nelson Riveros – Camino al Barrio (Self Produced – 2010)

Nelson Riveros is one of the most proficient melodic guitarists inhabiting the world of music today. On top of that he is artful rhythmically....
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...

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...
Steven Kroon In Your Dreams

Steven Kroon · In Your Dreams

Steven Kroon is not only living the dream as one of the frontline percussionist playing music in the Afro-Caribbean, Brasilian and Latin-Jazz styles, but...

Pablo Aslan: Tango Grill

To the unsuspecting ear, Pablo Aslan may sometimes appear to be just a fabulous bassist, with sublime technique and a virtuoso of limitless possibility. But dig a little deeper, especially into this album, Tango Grill and the impossible will seem to appear. Aslan takes the relatively rigid structure of the written music and dance form, the Tango, into a stratospheric space where [...]

El Movimiento – The Movement (Nueva Nota Records – 2010)

To employ a guitar in the melange of Latin music is no great deal, but to make use of the melodic and harmonic richness of the instrument over its rhythmic capability in the manner that El Movimiento have done on The Movement is quite courageous. Adam Agati has woven a mighty spell of seductive magic here. His mastery of the elements of melody and harmony are second to none and on this album, he certainly follows saxophonist Rashaan Barber close enough [...]