Elio Villafranca Live: Caribbean Tinge

Editor Danilo Navas and New York Co-Editor Tomas Peña Discuss Elio Villafranca and The Jass Syncopators: Caribbean Tinge Live at Dizzy’s (Motema Music) TP: I...

Doug Beavers: Titanes del Trombón

The Battle has begun, the Battle of… Titans! The Grammy Award winner Doug Beavers brings us his exquisite, new album, Titanes del Trombón, a tremendous...

Gene Ess: Absurdist Theater

The beautiful, soaring coloratura that Thana Alexa indulges in at the start of Absurdist Theater by Gene Ess is all the time you’ll be...

Gabriel Vicéns – Point in Time

It is hard to believe just by listening to "Point in Time" that Gabriel Vicéns just graduated two years ago from the Music Conservatory...

Hannah Burgé: Green River Sessions

The act of singing may be described as producing musical sounds with the voice to augment regular speech, by the use of both tonality and rhythm. This would suggest that anyone who could speak can also sing, which might ...

Orice Jenkins: Soar

There is an easy elegance that you find on Soar the recording by Orice Jenkins, a multi-dimensional musician, who just happens to be a...
Spanish Harlem Orchestra - Anniversary

Spanish Harlem Orchestra: Anniversary

For the last fifteen years few music ensembles have dominated the world of salsa like the Spanish Harlem Orchestra. So, it was only fitting...

Tito Puente: Quatro – The Definitive Collection

Tito Puente, “El Rey del timbal” was almost singlehandedly responsible for bringing Cuban son, mambo and cha-cha-cha into the ballrooms and...

Florencia González Big Band – Woman Dreaming of Escape

Not many musicians—and even fewer women musicians—have a talent that enables them to write for...

Nando Michelin – Reencontro (Self Produced – 2010)

In one of those eternal conundrums in the life of an artist, while Nando Michelin gets plenty of recognition he is relatively little known outside the small coterie of musicians who have taken the proverbial creative leap and transcended cultural boundaries. To be as little known as Michelin in outside intellectual circles is a pathetic fallacy. This is no fault of Michelin of course [...]

Marc Miralta and Flamenco Reunion

Not since the pianist Chano Dominguez set his piano on fire with his volcanic performances of flamenco melted dramatically into the jazz idiom has...

Steve Pouchie – El Puente (The Bridge) (Self Produced – 2010)

It is altogether a special virtue to make an album that features music delightful to listen to as well as to feel an irresistible urge to get up and dance to when the first chords are struck. This is exactly what Steve Pouchie has done with El Puente. From the outset the vibraphonist draws a direct line in his musical lineage from Cal Tjader and Dave Samuels. There is that swaggering bluesy influence of Milt Jackson that may sometimes peep through [...]

Clare Fischer Big Band: Pacific Jazz

It might not be expedient to suggest that Clare Fischer is responsible defining what Big Bands should sound like. Duke Ellington did that. Nor...
Michel Camilo: Live in London

Michel Camilo: Live in London

In the experiencing of a stage recording by Michel Camilo, such as Live in London, one must contend with a performance that has much...

Ray Barretto: Standards Rican-ditioned

This album Standards Rican-ditioned by Ray Barretto has a very special – albeit tragic – place in the history and in the everlasting...
Camila Meza and The Nectar Orchestra: Ámbar

Camila Meza and The Nectar Orchestra: Ámbar

Four years have brought with them two CD revelations about one of the finest young musicians to come from South America who has yet...

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...

Fernando Tarrés & Lucía Pulido – Songbook III – Myths

"There is something altogether new in this record that is not present in many of Lucía Pulido’s other records. And this has to do...
Fernando García: Guasábara Puerto Rico

Fernando García: Guasábara Puerto Rico

It might seem easy to be mesmerised and swept away by the ceaseless dancing of Puerto Rican music from one odd time signature to...
Harold López-Nussa - El Viaje

Harold López-Nussa: El Viaje

As with all the previous albums of Harold López-Nussa, this Mack Avenue recording El Viaje attests to the young pianist’s remarkable technical polish and...