Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Omar Sosa Quarteto AfroCubano &…: Ilé

"Ilé" couldn’t be more appropriate a name for pianist Omar Sosa’s collection of compositions that oftentimes mine the more celestial aspects of...

Monty Alexander: The Harlem-Kingston Express Comes Alive

There might be a gentleman’s argument as to whom the pianist Monty Alexander belongs to; Jamaica, where he was born, or New York where...
Alexander Brown - The Process

Alexander Brown: The Process

Alexander Brown is a truly gifted trumpeter. The Cuban-born Canadian, of African Cuban heritage plays with breathtaking honesty. There is a great unquenchable fire...
Dafnis Prieto Sextet - Triangles and Circles

Dafnis Prieto Sextet: Triangles and Circles

It is rare indeed to find drummers who can think like pianists; even rarer to find one that thinks like a saxophonist, a trumpeter,...

Afrodisian Orchestra – Satierismos (Youkali Music – 2011)

It is hardly surprising that Erik Satie has become the darling of modern composers and musicians alike. The reputedly eccentric French composer who lived between the late-19th and the early 20th Century was very much a musician far ahead of his time. Breaking away from the late-Romantics, Satie predated many movements in various artistic disciplines, from Dadaism and Surrealism in painting; and muzak or elevator music, by fifty years [...]

Mongo Santamaria: Our Man in Havana

This superb music from 1956 has an odd footnote at the bottom of my copy, which says “Recorded under the personal supervision of the...

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 [...]

The Louis Romanos Quartet´ Jazz Delight

With “Songo 7”, the first song of this album, you realize the tremendous talent Mr. Romanos and his band have for playing with heart...

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...
David Murray Cuban Ensemble Plays Nat King Cole

David Murray Cuban Ensemble Plays Nat King Cole

Nat King Cole’s Latin influenced recordings of 1958 and 1962 were performed in both Spanish and Portuguese. Cole spoke neither, but sang the lyrics phonetically, maintaining his signature phrasing style. Although it sounded odd to native Spanish and Portuguese speakers, his obvious affection for the songs beloved world-wide by Latinos was accepted as it opened the door to a new audience for the music. To be honest, Cole’s versions of the songs my parents loved [...]

Emilio Teubal and La Balteuband – Un Monton de Notas (2009)

The spectacular collision of cultures raining down of music in the Latin idiom has brought with it a proverbial deluge of the most wonderful shower of metaphor and idiom, melody and rhythm and harmonics of a tantalizingly high order. This fine record Un Monton de Notas by Emilio Teubal and his grupo projecto, La Balteuband is another fine example [...]

Generoso “Tojo” Jiménez: Trombón Majadero

This 2007 reissue of two classic albums from the inimitable Cuban trombonist Generoso “Tojo” Jiménez bookends five years between 1969 and 1965. Entitled ...

Alex Brown – Pianist (Sunnyside Records – 2010)

Even for a pianist with as prodigious a talent as Alex Brown, having a heavyweight in the music pantheon such as Paquito D’Rivera produce his debut album, must have largely been a dream. However, to pull off a debut as fine as this is a feat in itself. As a pianist, Brown has remarkable technique. Although he may still be searching for his true voice and that may take time, he appears to be closer than most. He is truly expressive and has an expansive sense of [...]

Luciana Souza – The Book of Chet

The music of Chet Baker is located in a place of such utter solitude, yet anyone going there begins to have his or her...

Presenting José Rizo’s Mongorama

José Rizo's Mongorama picks up where the Jazz on the Latin Side All Stars left off. After a decade of fruitful existence, performing and recording four terrific CDs (Jazz on the Latin Side All Stars 1 and 2, The Last Bullfighter and Tambolero), the veteran KJazz radio host, producer, composer and bandleader takes a new direction and moves on to a new project, which is actually a continuation of the original Latin jazz all stars band concept [...]

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...

Cachao: Master Sessions Volumes I & II

Israel “Cachao” López is one of those larger-than-life figures, a monumental Cuban musician. Although not as famous as Bebo Valdés, he was still one...
Oskar Cartaya - Bajo Mundo

Oskar Cartaya Presents: Bajo Mundo

No matter where you look this year – at least in the realm of Latin-Jazz – you are unlikely to find a recording where...

Gian-Carla Tisera & Elio Villafranca: Nora la Bella

Nora la Bella may not be the only recording where an operatic soprano has made a crossover from the classical realm into music of...
Tony Succar & Pablo Gil: Raices Jazz Orchestra

Tony Succar & Pablo Gil: Raíces Jazz Orchestra

Featured Album · Editor’s Pick A big band project with Tony Succar and...