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...
David Sánchez: Carib

David Sánchez: Carib

The words “profoundly beautiful” are often used to describe works of art, but often some works appear to give new meaning to those words...
Michel Camilo: Essence

Michel Camilo: Essence

Following his success with his solo album Live in London Michel Camilo returns to revisiting his music on a very large palette – his...

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...
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....
Gastón Joya: Mama Ina

Gastón Joya: Mama Ina

A fierce energy leaps out of the opening notes of Mama Ina, the exquisitely-crafted debut album by the prodigiously-gifted bassist Gastón Joya. It is...
Omar Sosa & NDR Big Band: es:sensual

Omar Sosa & NDR Big Band: es:sensual

Everything about the music of Omar Sosa seems not only to say that “Tradition is a wonderful reality,” but also something else: “not understanding...
Alfonso Fuentes - Plena - Improvisaciones Para Piano

Alfonso Fuentes: PLENA – improvisaciones para piano

Alfonso Fuentes is better known for his classical work that has been performed – and recorded – by musicians of some of the most...
Chucho Valdés: Jazz Batá 2

Chucho Valdés: Jazz Batá 2

When Old Man Bebo first disappeared from music in Europe and before he was re-discovered again by Paquito D’Rivera, his son Chucho Valdés began...
Etienne Charles - Carnival - The Soul of a People

Etienne Charles: Carnival – The Sound of a People Vol. 1

Etienne Charles has added an important opus to the literature of contemporary music with the release of Carnival – The Sound of a People...
Eddie Daniels - Heart of Brazil

Eddie Daniels: Heart of Brazil

Eddie Daniels has become, without a doubt one of the finest clarinetists in the past fifty years or so. In fact, apart from Paquito...
David Virelles: Igbó Alákorin The Singer's Grove Vol. I & II

David Virelles: Igbó Alákorin The Singer’s Grove Vol. I & II

Listeners – simple and sophisticated – who have, by now become used to the music of David Virelles might come to expect that with...
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...
Magos Herrera & Brooklyn Rider: Dreamers

Magos Herrera & Brooklyn Rider: Dreamers

You can now declare Magos Herrera to be one of the greatest contemporary interpreters of song. Her consummate and sultry contralto is pitch-perfect and...
JALC with Wynton Marsalis - Una Noche con Rubén

JLCO with Wynton Marsalis: Una Noche con Rubén Blades

The prospect of Rubén Blades performing with the mighty Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra during the 2014-15 concert season must surely have had music...
Miguel Zenón: Yo Soy la Tradición

Miguel Zenón: Yo Soy la Tradición

It takes but a few bars of “Rosario”, the first chart of Yo Soy la Tradición, by composer and alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón to...
Omar Sosa | Yilian Cañizares: Aguas

Omar Sosa, Yilian Cañizares: Aguas

Omar Sosa and Yilian Cañizares are both astonishingly gifted musicians whose reputations have been somewhat eclipsed (grossly unfairly, one might add) by those instrumentalists...
Harold López-Nussa - Un Día Cualquiera

Harold López-Nussa: Un Día Cualquiera

Harold López-Nussa is a dynasty not only in Cuba, and ever since Ninety Miles (Concord, 2011), a recording that was facilitated by vibraphonist Stefon...
Charlie Sepúlveda and The Turnaround: Songs For Nat

Charlie Sepúlveda and The Turnaround: Songs For Nat

This is not a tribute to Nat Adderley, but if it were, it would be a better one than any trumpeter has done. As...
Alex Conde - Origins

Alex Conde: Origins

When Alex Conde turns up the power at any given time, he’s like an orchestra all by himself. Now magnify that several times on...

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