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...

Pablo Ablanedo – Recontradoble

The beauty of ReContraDoble lies in its exquisite counterpoint that pits the brass against the woodwinds; the guitar against the piano with the drums...
Rafael Zaldivar - Consecration

Rafael Zaldivar: Consecration

This album from the Quebec-based Rafael Zaldivar entitled Consecration is completely sonically apposite to almost anything Afro-Cuban you might be used to listening to....

Mongo Santamaría: Mongo at The Village Gate

Mongo Santamaria, more than any other Cuban percussionist, has had a wider appeal across musical idioms and metaphors. His music comes from deep within...
Irakere featuring Chucho Valdes - Live at Ronnie Scott's

Remembering the Volcano of the Caribbean… Irakere

Live at Ronnie Scott’s, Birmingham – The 1995 BBC Recording This release is the perfect way to celebrate the 40th anniversary of probably the most...
Antonio Adolfo - Hybrido

Antonio Adolfo: Hybrido – From Rio to Wayne Shorter

If ever there was a burnished glow to Brasilian music, it is here on Hybrido – From Rio to Wayne Shorter by Antonio Adolfo....
Dayramir González - The Grand Concourse

Dayramir González: The Grand Concourse

Very rarely indeed does one get to call an album of music “a masterpiece” and actually mean it. But this is absolutely true of...

Edsel Gómez: Road to Udaipur

Nothing should surprise you about music by Edsel Gómez, except that the music is always a surprise. His music jumps at you in a...

Fernando Huergo – Provinciano (Sunnyside Records 2008)

This is not just another record of music by an Argentinean musician. Provinciano is a brave attempt to create a new metaphor based on traditional harmonics and rhythms that inhabit the Argentinean Tango and folkloric music. Fernando Huergo, bassist extraordinaire makes a huge leap of faith as he - first explains - and then demonstrates the depth of his creativity [...]

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...
Oscar Hernandez & Alma Libre The Art of Latin Jazz

Oscar Hernández & Alma Libre: The Art of Latin Jazz

This music suggests that the robust health for one of the longest and most enduring musical influences in Jazz is in good hands. The...

Steve Khan – Parting Shot (Tone Center – 2011)

Parting Shot (Golpe de Partida) is an extraordinary debut for the guitarist, Steve Khan. He is veteran by any stretch of imagination, but in the company of illustrious peers such as Al Di Meola, Lee Ritenour and others he appears almost self-effacing for this is his first full foray into the realm of the Latin American musical idiom. Khan has always been known for possessing near-perfect technique, which when combined with his whisper-soft [...]
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...

Jack DeJohnette – Sound Travels

Review written by: Raul da Gama Jack DeJohnette is not just one of the finest and important drummers playing today, but one of the most...

Juan Carmona – Alchemya

The nine daughters born of Zeus and Mnemosyne, water nymphs awash in springs of Helicon and Pieris; the nine muses who ignite the impulse to adorn every word, every brush-stroke and every musical note...
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 [...]

Diego Urcola Quartet – Appreciation (CAM Jazz/Sunnyside – 2011)

Diego Urcola’s is a voice that remained somewhat hidden—certainly tucked away—for two decades in Paquito D’Rivera’s quintet. And then there was the subdued role...

Paquito D’Rivera: Paquito & Manzanero

*Editor's Pick - Album of the month - Armando Manzanero is 80 years old now. But he has been practicing his craft since the age...
Adrien Brandeis - Euforia

Adrien Brandeis: Euforia

Of course you can learn to keep “clave” time, but if you don’t “feel “ it the way Adrien Brandeis does then you cannot...

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...