Hermanos Arango: Bendita Guanabacoa

Hermanos Arango: Bendita Guanabacoa

Guanabacoa, home of the Cuban musical icons – Ernesto Lecuona, Rita Montaner, Bola de Nieve – the legendary composer, writer and actress as well...
Eliel Lazo - Cuban Jazz Report

Cuban Jazz Report: Eliel Lazo, Yasser Pino, Javier Massó, Raúl Pineda

After the recent formation of the Cuban quintet El Comité you would be tempted to wonder if another Cuban supergroup was possible. Now that...
Omara Portuondo, Ethiel Faílde

Ethiel Faílde: Keeper of the Flame of Danzón

Did Miguel Faílde (1852-1921) create or even “consciously stumble” upon (both better epithet than “invented”) the now-iconic danzón dance form that Cuba gave the...
Ibrahim Maalouf: S3NS

Ibrahim Maalouf: S3NS

There is, quite simply, no trumpeter in the world today who sounds like Ibrahim Maalouf. This has everything to do with his instrument, which...
Cuban Sax Quintet: Saxofones Live Sessions

Cuban Sax Quintet: Saxofones Live Sessions

Music played by ensembles comprising exclusively by saxophones became a phenomenon in Jazz with the World Saxophone Quartet. The group was founded in 1977...
Eduardo Sandoval: Más Trombón Que Nunca

Eduardo Sandoval: Más Trombón Que Nunca

Editor's Pick · Featured Album Of all of the brass and reed instruments played in music, somehow the trombone can be made to sound most...
Poncho Sánchez - Trane's Delight

Poncho Sánchez: Trane’s Delight

Editor's Pick · Featured Album Poncho Sánchez continues his long tribute to the ancestors of the music he knows and plays so well with Trane’s...
Daniel García Trio: Travesuras

Daniel García Trio: Travesuras

Frederic Mompou Dencausse (1893-1987) was a Catalan composer and pianist who composed some songs but whose work largely and masterfully explored the technical and...
El Comité - Y Qué!? (So What) - Cuban Groove

El Comité: Y Qué!? (So What)

A fantasy of my own making: Truth be told, the Cubans and French have not got together to and create a wonderful musical take...
Daymé Arocena - Sonocardiogram

Daymé Arocena: Voice of a Volcanic Heartbeat

When Jane Bunnett introduced a young Afro-Cuban vocalist Daymé Arocena as the first led singer of her seminal all-woman ensemble Maqueque we knew someone...
Roberto Fonseca - Yesun

Roberto Fonseca: When the Fingers do the Chanting

The pianist Roberto Fonseca stands quite apart from the plethora of impressive young pianists to come out of Cuba since the era between Bebo...
Carlos Sarduy: Luz

Carlos Sarduy: Luz

Carlos Sarduy is a considerably decorated trumpeter, having won a Grammy, two Latin Grammys and a clutch of other awards for his inventive work...
Emilio Solla Tango Jazz Orchestra - Puertos

Emilio Solla Tango Jazz Orchestra: Puertos – Music From International Waters

Editor's Pick · Featured Album Reviewing music can be a vexing experience. Often recordings that bode well on paper disappoint somewhat in reality. And then...
Chick Corea - The Spanish Heart Band: Antidote

Chick Corea – The Spanish Heart Band: Antidote

Editor's Pick · Featured Album For young, aspiring pianists, Chick Corea and his music might easily be considered “essential study”. His breathtaking oeuvre offers so...
Negroni's Trio: Acústico

Negroni’s Trio Presents: Acústico

Negroni’s Trio is somewhat unique among piano trios. Bring culturally informed ideas not only by Afri-Caribbean music, but also – in its being influenced...
Sorte! Music by John Finbury ft. Thalma De Freitas

Sorte! – John Finbury ft. Thalma De Freitas

Editor's Pick · Featured Album Two albums into his worshipful “Brasilian sojourn” John Finbury has written six new songs that further declare his abject love...
Michele Rosewoman's New Yor-Uba: Hallowed

Michele Rosewoman’s New Yor-Uba: Hallowed

Of all of the utterly unique aspects of the music of Michele Rosewoman’s New Yor-Uba, some are more breathtaking than everything else. Firstly, to...
César Orozco | Jorge Glem: StringWise

César Orozco | Jorge Glem: StringWise

César Orozco and Jorge Glem reveal their purpose in life even before a note of music is performed on StringWise and it is this:...
Javier Colina & Pepe Rivero: El Pañuelo de Pepa

Javier Colina & Pepe Rivero: El Pañuelo de Pepa

Sometimes in music you enter through a door and discover that the room you are now in has no walls, no ceiling and no...

Miguel Zenón: Sonero – The Music of Ismael Rivera

Although Miguel Zenón gave notice of his masterful musicianship long before his first recording, he really rose to eminence around 2005 when he released...