Leny Andrade, Roni Ben-Hur: Alegria de Viver

It’s hard to argue with Tony Bennett when he describes Leny Andrade as the “Ella Fitzgerald of Brasil”. Anyone who has heard Ms. Andrade...
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...

Dave Bass: NYC Sessions

The road to the NYC Sessions has been a long and painful one. He almost never played piano again after a freak accident. Thank God he got better and...
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...

Federico Britos: Hot Club of the Americas

Stories of Stéphane Grappelli meeting anyone in Latin America may be apocryphal but those of Federico Britos doing so are certainly not. Nor is...

The Luis D’Elias Ensemble: Orígenes y Destinos

This disc, Orígenes y Destinos , features Luis D’Elias on guitars, cuatro and the unusual Pentola. His extraordinary playing of every all instruments...

Eva Cortés: In Bloom

Ms. Cortés is a Spanish language singer but on this album she also steps out as a highly skilled singer of English language songs equal to or even perhaps even better than her performances on the Spanish...
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...
Eva Cortés Crossing Borders

Eva Cortés: Crossing Borders

Although the release of Crossing Borders by Eva Cortés comes just two years after In Bloom appeared on Truth Revolution Records, it feels like...
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...
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...

Manuel Valera and New Cuban Express: In Motion

What’s new in the idiom of jazz? The next generation of Cuban musicians have arrived. Look no further than what they have brought with...

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...
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...
Alfredo Rodríguez: The Little Dream

Alfredo Rodríguez: The Little Dream

To say that you can never know what to expect from pianist Alfredo Rodríguez would no longer be a surprising observation even if the...
Hilario Durán: Contumbao

Hilario Durán: Contumbao

Although the brilliant, virtuoso pianist Hilario Durán might be heard in a recording studio warming up by playing a Bach Partita or one of...
Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sextet: Diablo en Brooklyn

Gabriel Alegría Afro-Peruvian Sextet: Diablo en Brooklyn

Ever since the formation of his now long standing sextet, Gabriel Alegría has used his well-drilled cohort – comprising saxophonist Laura Andrea Leguia, guitarist...

Dave Chamberlain’s Band of Bones: Caravan

Trombone choirs are few and far between. Good trombone choirs even less so and great ones almost non-existent. Some of the finest choirs...

Gregorio Uribe Big Band: Cumbia Universal

Listeners might never get over the emotion of listening to the Gregorio Uribe Big Band’s Cumbia Universal. It features some of the most spectacular...
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...