Antonio Adolfo: Tropical Infinito

Editor's Pick · Album of the Month · That Antonio Adolfo should be paying homage to the Jazz side of his music should come as...

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...

The MSM Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra: ¡Qué Viva Harlem!

That the members of the Manhattan School of Music Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra has always been a group of jazz professionals masquerading is one of...

Chico Alvarez “El Montunero” – Country Roots/Urban Masters

Review written by: Raul da Gama One of the most endearing aspects of the great Afro-Cuban bands of the past—bands like those led by Mario...

Emilio Teubal – Música Para Un Dragón Dormido

"When music works in such a glorious manner the individual songs leave their mark not just on the mind, for this would be just...

Afro Horn MX – Afro Horn Mix

"Afro Horn MX came to my attention by way of a series of video clips titled, The Afro Horn – Very Serious Stuff. The...

Clotilde Rullaud: In Extremis

A most wondrous thing takes place when Clotilde Rullaud sings—wordlessly, sometimes… then using a given lyric. She seems not to beam her vocalastics through the electronics of a modern microphone, but rather through a gigantic prism that in turn rotates on an imaginary axis...

William Cepeda AfroRican Jazz: My Roots And Beyond

Essential Albums Revisited (5 Stars - Editor's Pick) William Cepeda AfroRican Jazz: My Roots And Beyond At first blush one might feel that William Cepeda AfroRican...

Antonio Adolfo & Carol Saboya – Lá e Cá (Self Produced – 2010)

Although Antonio Adolfo makes a point to explain his singular style as an amalgam of a very personal style with a distinct infusion of Brazilian phrasing, this may not be necessary at all. Adolfo’s sweeping, symphonic pianistic style and the immaculate sense of swagger is highly recognizable. His virtuoso piano playing echoes with the offbeat of the samba, the irreverent rattle of maracatu and flights of fanciful capoeira. These he incorporates into his often [...]

Michelle Pollace – New Beginning

Presenting Michelle Pollace’s album, New Beginning Eight original themes and two arrangements of jazz and Afro-Cuban songs make up this Latin jazz work created by...
Daymé Arocena - Cubafonía

Daymé Arocena Presents: Cubafonía

The rise and rise of Daymé Arocena is quite the Cinderella story, sans the proverbial ‘glass slipper’. She performed for some time in Joaquin...

Chris Washburne & Syotos: Low Ridin’

This has to be the most hip album since “Low Ridin’” was first invented in the 50’s hydraulics and all. The fact that it...

Luis Perdomo: The ‘Infancia’ Project

It is hard to go back and dig deep once something is put in the past and locked down. Miles Davis showed this when...

Edward Simon/Ensemble Venezuela Present: Venezuelan Suite

There appears to be a sudden rush on the part of many musicians who migrated to the United States—and some who have not—to put...
Tito Puente: The Best of the Concord Years

Tito Puente: The Best of the Concord Years

Producing a compilation of the music of someone like Tito Puente is no easy task. With scores of recordings where do you start? What...

Marques/Stinson/O’Farrill Trio: iPa’lante!

The pianist Albert Marques, bassist Walter Stinson and drummer Zack O’Farrill are making enough of a beautiful noise to make listeners and critics sit...

Marc Cary – For the Love of Abbey

There is a story that may well not be apocryphal in the history of jazz. When Billie Holiday passed away, the pianist Mal Waldron...
The Isley Brothers and Carlos Santana: Power of Peace

The Isley Brothers and Carlos Santana: Power of Peace

The intense emotional worlds that the music of The Isley Brothers, Carlos Santana and Cindy Blackman Santana inhabit are engaged in a mighty collision...

Sammy Figueroa & His Latin Jazz Explosion: Urban Nature

Master percussionist, Sammy Figueroa is a two times Grammy nominee and member of Sonny Rollins band. With these credentials it is no surprise that...
Juan Carlos Polo - Insomnio

Juan Carlos Polo Presents: Insomnio

Juan Carlos Polo is a Peruvian drummer who has come to meld Jazz improvisation techniques into his drumming and makes a fine display of...
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