Antonio Adolfo: Finas Misturas

The French, as usual, got it right when they first used the word “gastronomie” to define both, the fine art of cookery from, say...

Bobby Matos Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble: Ritmo & Blues

The percussionist Bobby Matos makes a point about the intrinsic connection between Afro Caribbean and Afro-American music. As is evident the African connection is...
Chris Washburne - Rags and Roots

Chris Washburne: Rags and Roots

Editor's Pick · Featured Album · The Columbia University Professor, author and musician, trombonist Chris Washburne enjoys the company of some of the finest young...
Dave Holland & Pepe Habichuela - Hands

Dave Holland & Pepe Habichuela: Hands

The music on this album, Hands, featuring stellar turns primarily by Spanish guitarist, Pepe Habichuela and British-born bassist, Dave Holland is, quite simply, one...
Pablo Ziegler: Jazz Tango

Pablo Ziegler Trio: Jazz Tango

Unlike the tango, which – as a dance form – has a relatively clear, almost mathematical definition, there are really no words that can...

Robert Prester Presents: Dogtown

Further proof that America’s got talent, but sometimes refuses to give it due recognition is Robert Prester. The pianist is not simply prodigiously talented,...

Gabriel Guerrero – Feyas

Gabriel Guerrero is blest with a masterful musical intellect. This enables him to form gorgeous melodic ideas that seemingly appear out of nowhere to captivate the heart and mind of...

John Beasley – Positootly! (Resonance Records 2009)

John Beasley's Positootly! is awash with Lydian modes. That and it is clear that Beasley has listened carefully to Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter. However, he is also a singular pianist who is chirpy and breaks up his dazzling melodic runs with staccato perfunctory harmonic statements that then bend the music in another surprising direction [...]

Cristina Morrison: Impredecible (Voces de Mujer)

When Cristina Morrison released Baronesa she may have been considered an vocal artist of boundless promise, but since then and with the advent of...
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...

Lori Bell – The Music of Djavan (Resonance Records 2008)

Despite whatever misgivings the producers may have had with regard to this project, namely that that jazz project was centered on the music of Djavan, appears to be misguided. Perhaps Djavan, among the pantheon of Brasilian musicians is least “Jazzy” and more “pop” – a thesis that is somehow incomprehensible and even nonsensical [...]

Miguel Zenón & Laurent Coq – Rayuela

Rayuela the legendary 1963 Spanish novel by the great Argentinean writer, Julio Cortázar had an equally illustrious incarnation in English in 1966 as Hopscotch...

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...

Ralph Irizarry & Timbalaye: 20th Anniversary

That Ralph Irizarry’s percussion has found numerous champions attests to the timbalero’s ability to play in a well-crafted, idiomatic manner in wide-ranging, accessible and...

Maucha Adnet and Helio Alves: Milagre – a Poignant Dialog

…Maucha Adnet permeates the air with her velvety, warm, and passionate voice full of incomparable diction and ...
TjaderAid - Cal Tjader Tribute - ¡Viva Cal!

TjaderAid – Cal Tjader Tribute: ¡Viva Cal!

This extraordinary recording by a group, ostensibly put together by the conguero Frankie Piñeiro, was meant to celebrate the music of the legendary Latin-Jazz...

Venissa Santi: Big Stuff—Afro-Cuban Holiday

Just what is so special about the vocalastics of Venissa Santi—just what is so singularly unique—is so eminently clear on Big Stuff—Afro-Cuban Holiday, the...

Jane Bunnett and Maqueque: On Firm Ground/Tierra Firme

Don’t let the title of this third recording by Jane Bunnett and (the new incarnation of) Maqueque fool you. Indeed the musicians of this...

AfroMantra: This Side of Mestizaje

It is rare indeed for the complex polyrhythms of Chile—indeed all of Latin America—to be so completely subsumed into what is clearly music beyond...

Josean Jacobo & Tumbao: Cimarrón

The frequency and intensity of Afro-centric music being created and released across the African Diaspora born and bred among the erstwhile Spanish colonies within...