Hot House – Cuban Tribute to Charlie Parker (Independent 2008)

There are really only two truly innovative and unforgettable records made to honor Charlie Parker. One is the remarkably inventive Tribute to Monk and Bird (Tomato Records, 1978) with music by the legendary artists arranged and directed by the German composer Heiner Stadler, which featured Thad Jones, Stanley Cowell, George Lewis, George Adams, Warren Smith [...]

Jane Bunnett and Maqueque

The celebrated Canadian soprano saxophonist is embracing voices again. But these voices are of a slightly different sort. The Creole Choir...
Flavio Lira: Coffee Gold Sugar Cane

Flavio Lira: Coffee Gold Sugar Cane

Flavio Lira is one several young Brasilian musicians who has a wider world-view of music than most of his countrymen and the bassist shows...

Papo Vázquez & The Mighty Pirates Troubadours: Oasis

Papo Vázquez is a most unusual trombonist and musician. He is a “deep” player. His music seems to originate somewhere deep in his head....

Chuchito Valdés – Live in Chicago

In a dynasty there is sure to be some characteristics that link one generation to another—facial characteristics, for instance, but in certain dynasties things...
Carlos Franzetti and Allison Brewster Franzetti: Buenos Aires Noir

Carlos Franzetti and Allison Brewster Franzetti: Buenos Aires Noir

The album Buenos Aires Noir by Carlos Franzetti and Allison Brewster Franzetti is being celebrated for its being considered as Best Classical Album for...

Dave Chamberlain’s Band of Bones: Stomp!

Dave Chamberlain’s Band of Bones’ recital is a gloriously deceptive one. For here is no familiar programme of New Orleans music but an enterprising...

Grupo Los Santos – Clave Heart

Grupo Los Santos is a small ensemble that melds together a number of idioms and metaphors that are culled from jazz to Afro-Caribbean in...

Hendrik Meurkens & Gabriel Espinosa with Anat Cohen & Antonio Sanchez: Celebrando

It is most appropriate for Zoho Music to celebrate their 100th recording with harmonica-player Hendrik Meurkens and, among others, bassist Gabriel Espinosa...

Guillermo Klein – Domador de Huellas (Sunnyside Records – 2010)

Guillermo Klein’s third album for Sunnyside Records is also one of his most beguiling and very possibly one of the most memorable tribute albums of the year. Klein’s album, Domador de Huellas - Music of “Cuchi” Leguizamon, literally “the tamer of the footprints” has a deeply significant meaning. The “footprints” in question are a visceral element of a history that is close to disappearing. In this instance the footprint is also one that Gustavo “Cuchi” Leguizamon left [...]
CArolina Calvache: Sotareño

Carolina Calvache: Sotareño

Editor's Pick · Featured Album The elegant pianistic urgings—whether in consonant or in dissonant harmony—at the delicate hand of the Colombian-born Carolina Calvache are much...

Rubén Blades: Tangos

There is nothing, or possibly very little, by way of music and dance in Latin America—and that includes Argentina—that is not a result of...

Stacey Kent: The Changing Lights

There are few vocalists who can sing with such fragrant lyricism as Stacey Kent. The fact that she can sing in several languages—and make...

Hamilton de Holanda: World of Pixinguinha

With a mandolin player such as Hamilton de Holanda doing such wondrous things with Pixinguinha, you might be forgiven for thinking that the guitar...

Mark Weinstein: Jazz Brasil (Jazzheads – 2010)

Mark Weinstein has quietly established himself as one of the most wildly inventive flutists in modern memory. He is also one of the finest...

Chembo Corniel: Things I Wanted To Do

There is nothing like a swinging, stomping Latin-Jazz record laden with sensuous clave and robust horns and relentless, driving percussion to stir the senses....

Duduka da Fonseca Trio Plays Toninho Horta (Zoho Music – 2011)

One of the main reasons why Brazilian music has been preserved and, more importantly, kept alive through the generations has been the readiness of newer generations of musicians to create repertory albums in homage to that country’s master musicians. Over the years there have been a slew of beautiful tributes to classical masters such as Heitor Villa Lobos, from João Carlos Assis Brasil’s legendary album A Floresta do Amazonas [...]

Ara’s Circle: That’s It

The sojourn into the realm of Afro-Caribbean-Brasilian territory never seems to cease. Musicians from Europe, naturally more adventurous than most cultures, get there before...

Rubén and Cheo… A Union of Musical Genius

After many years of being together during that poignant period when the powerful and contagious sound of Joe Cuba was playing everywhere, Rubén Blades...

Venissa Santi: Bienvenida

The high art of this record, Bienvenida is no accident. This is because its principal performer is the miracle behind it all. Venissa Santi is one of those supremely talented new vocalists who blazes, comet-like, across the musical horizon, but once in a lifetime. She joins the likes of Billie Holiday, Abbey Lincoln, Sheila Jordan, Elis, Rosa, Celia, Flora Purim and fewer others [...]