Marco Diaz: Life Notes

Marco Diaz acquitted himself exceedingly well as John Santos’ pianist. On Life Notes Mr. Diaz has written a suite of songs that serve to...

Wayne Wallace Quintet’s Latin Jazz/Jazz Latin

For the Latin jazz scene it is a pleasure to have a new piece from the brilliant composer and musician Wayne Wallace. This time...
Tony Succar - Unity - The Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson

Tony Succar: Unity [The Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson]

Another tribute to Michael Jackson is not how the supremely-talented composer, arranger and percussionist Tony Succar would like his album to be remembered. And...

Carmen Souza: Live at Lagny Jazz Festival

It is fulfilling to attend a Carmen Souza concert just to listen to her breathtaking version of “Donna Lee” alone. However, there is much...
The Paul Carlon Trio - Tresillo

The Paul Carlon Trio: Tresillo

The idea for a ‘sans-chordal-instrument’ trio may have come to Paul Carlon from Sonny Rollins’ piano-less ensembles over a period of time, but that...

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...

Ara’s Circle: That’s It

The sojourn into the realm of Afro-Caribbean-Brasilian territory never seems to cease. Musicians from Europe, naturally more adventurous than most cultures, get there before...
Negroni's Trio - On the Way

Negroni’s Trio: On The Way

José Negroni’s piano playing is unique. Although he can be lithe and delicate in his expression his touch is generally heavier, almost like the...

Emilio Teubal – Música Para Un Dragón Dormido

"When music works in such a glorious manner the individual songs leave their mark not just on the mind, for this would be just...

Emilio Solla Y La Inestable De Brooklyn: Second Half

In many ways “great music”—indeed—great art—just seems to “happen.” But artists have also variously described the process as a cataclysmic...

Eliana Cuevas Presents: Espejo

With her album Espejo the Venezuelan-born singer/songwriter Eliana Cuevas is somewhat deeper into her life as a musician. It is clear from the music...
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...

Amália Baraona: Menescantando

Though born in Vitoria, Espírito Santo, Brasil, Roberto Menescal is essentially a Carioca—and a famous one, at that. He is often credited with being...
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...
Miguel Zenón - Típico

Miguel Zenón: Típico

One of the most interesting aspects of modern music – Jazz, for instance – is that the music starts with the record cover. The...

Sofia Tosello, Yuri Juárez: Tangolandó

When Yuri Juárez plays a guitar, his touch is so full of soul and his expression and technique so sensual that his playing is...

Colina Miralta Sambeat: Danza Guaná

The good news for connoisseurs of music that is as surprising as Jazz, mysterious as flamenco and the molten mix of these with every...
Papo Vázquez Mighty Pirates Troubadours - Chapter 10: Breaking Cover

Papo Vázquez Mighty Pirates Troubadours – Chapter 10: Breaking Cover

Raw energy and elegant frenzy have been abiding concepts that drive the music of Papo Vázquez, who has thrown, together with his singular ensemble...

Candido: The Master

The term “legend” is best reserved for dead people: Buddy Bolden, Charlie Parker, Charles Mingus; and directly from Cuba: Arsenio Rodríguez, Tata Güines, Frank...
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...