From New York Via Cuba: The Pedrito Martinez Group

Pedrito Martinez is one of the most recognizable percussionists in New York today and he is also one of the percussionists most likely to...

Scott Oakley – Cancion Para Mi Amor (Invisible Music 2008)

How many times has this happened before? A jazz musician - and a very good one, at that - becomes seduced by the music of Cuba (and Latin America). Musicians from Bird and Dizzy to Archie Shepp were… This magnificent obsession continues unabated and is in flood today. A few, such as Toots Thielemans, Hendrick Meurkens, Jane Bunnett and Larry Cramer, and Steve Coleman [...]
Carlos Henriquez Dizzy con Clave

Carlos Henriquez: Dizzy con Clave

Carlos Henriquez may not be the first to (rightfully) pay tribute to Dizzy Gillespie nor will he be the last. But his is a...
Ray Mantilla: High Voltage

Ray Mantilla Presents: High Voltage

In 1932, Duke Ellington wrote one of the most famous songs, one that has not only endured for decades but might also be held...

Jerry González and Miguel Blanco Big Band: Tribute to the Fort Apache Band

Jerry Gonzalez’s Fort Apache Band was probably one of the last, most iconic ensembles to come out of New York, via the ether of Puerto Rico. Few bands would boast the fire of a trumpet cast...

The Curtis Brothers: Completion of Proof

Everything about “Generation Y,” that generation that came after the baby boomers spelt “Generation Me”. These millennials are not as special as they thought...

Trio da Paz: 30

This is the quintessential Brasilian trio, a power trio if ever there was one, featuring Romero Lubambo, Nilson Matta and Duduka Da Fonseca. The...

Estaire Godinez: This Time…

On a good day it is very likely that you’ll find an artist who is a fine vocalist fronting a highly successful ensemble. But...

Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet – To Hear From There

Trombonist, Wayne Wallace is very probably one of the most melodic players on his instrument. And although he might inhabit a somewhat narrow range—eschewing the very high register—he is also one of the most expressive trombone players today. His husky tone is one of a kind and gives his playing tremendous character. Moreover, he is one of the few players who comfortable in virtually every idiom and this is something unique as it enables him to extend his playing [...]

Hilario Durán: Habana Nocturna

I thought that this Justin Time recording Habana Nocturna (1999) by Hilario Durán was going to be all-but-forgotten. I also thought, for no rational...
Vocal Universo: Música Universal

Vocal Universo: Música Universal

Even in the #MeToo era it is still hard for women in music to attract the spotlight. Add to that the fact that it’s...

Mike Marshall – An Adventure 1999—2009 (Adventure Music – 2010)

Few musicians deserve a retrospective more richly than the mandolin player, Mike Marshall. The ground-breaking, genre defying instrumentalist and composer has melded his prodigious skills with musicians as far removed as David Grisman and Darol Anger, Bela Fleck and Caterina Lichtenberg… to where his heart lies most comfortably and gracefully, with Brasilian musicians such as Hamilton de Holanda and Hermeto Pascoal. Marshall’s career has spanned [...]

Claudio Roditi – Brazilliance x 4 (Resonance Records 2008)

Charles Mingus would have loved the way Claudio Roditi plays his horn. He is most like Clarence “Gene” Shaw. And like Shaw, Roditi knows the importance of the space between the notes; when to play a note; a quick flurry, or merely a short intricate phrase… and when not to play. His voice is unique; his sound is bright, delivered in short, round bursts of emotion and energy [...]

Aruán Ortiz & The Camerata Urbana Ensemble – Santiarican Blues Suite

This record by a very special artist will go down as one of the most significant works of music. Its power, significance and beauty will forever linger in the soul, where all musical art is enjoyed to the...
Andrea Brachfeld - If Not Now, When?

Andrea Brachfeld: If Not Now, When?

The flutist Andrea Brachfeld has made a glittering career for herself on the Latin Jazz circuit, including performances with Dave Valentin and significant recordings...

Jaimeo Brown – Transcendence

Jaimeo Brown’s music on Transcendence is among the most mesmerising ever put down on record in a long time; at least since a musician...

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 ...

Carrera Quinta: Big Band

Editor's Pick · Album of the Month · Music in North America has long been enriched by the rhythmic content from traditional South American song...

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 [...]

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...

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