Paquito D’Rivera and Trio Corrente: Song for Maura

Just when it is believed that Paquito D’Rivera is a fine alto saxophonist who also plays clarinet, he goes and makes an album almost...

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...

Marc Miralta and Flamenco Reunion

Not since the pianist Chano Dominguez set his piano on fire with his volcanic performances of flamenco melted dramatically into the jazz idiom has...

Charlie Dennard: From Brazil to New Orleans

Every musician makes a musical journey every time he or she makes a recording. The movement from point A to point B can be...

Catina DeLuna: Lado B Brazilian Project

As if shepherding her brilliant vocals through a Brasilian soundscape were not enough, Catina DeLuna has turned the charms of her voice of longing...

David Virelles: Mbókò

Sacred Music for Piano, Two Basses, Drum Set and Biankoméko Abakuá The Afro-Cuban music of David Virelles’ 2015 ECM disc, Mbókò is not so much...

David Virelles – Continuum

There is a living image of a man in chains that sticks in the mind, looking back at the land and home he left; fear in his heart as he crosses oceans in a swart ship, never to return. To comfort himself, he sings and beats the oars...

Papo Vázquez & The Mighty Pirates Troubadours: Oasis

Papo Vázquez is a most unusual trombonist and musician. He is a “deep” player. His music seems to originate somewhere deep in his head....

Tito Puente: Quatro – The Definitive Collection

Tito Puente, “El Rey del timbal” was almost singlehandedly responsible for bringing Cuban son, mambo and cha-cha-cha into the ballrooms and...

Natalie Fernández: Nuestro Tango

The idiom of African-Latin idiom is becoming more popular, with the “sudden” discovery of so many fine artists who have contributed to making it...

Enrique Rodríguez: Enriquito – Me Quito El Sombrero

Conventional wisdom might suggest that there can be no Spanish music—especially that, which derives from traditional Flamenco sounds—without the lead voice being a Spanish...
Dayramir González - The Grand Concourse

Dayramir González · The Grand Concourse

Very rarely indeed does one get to call an album of music “a masterpiece” and actually mean it. But this is absolutely true of...

César Orozco & Kamarata Jazz: No Limits for Tumbao

In his short note appended to the album No Limits for Tumbao César Orozco makes a case for the generous helping of Cuban and...

Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet: Intercambio

Wayne Wallace has accomplished more than most musicians do in a lifetime. He has done so not merely because as a musician he is...
Zeynep Ozbilen: Zest

Zeynep Ozbilen Presents: Zest

If the idiocy of so-called “cultural appropriation” were to be taken any more seriously than it is right now, would that ever make it...
Bobby Valentin & The LJs: Mind of a Master

Bobby Valentin & The LJs: Mind of a Master

One of the most iconic images of the Tropical/Salsa genre has been the fiery fingers of Bobby Valentin attacking the fret board of his...

Antonio Adolfo: Rio, Choro, Jazz

In agonizing what truly links Brasilian music so inextricably to jazz, all the more it is possible to come to the conclusion it is...

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...
Carlos Martin - The Journey

Carlos Martín Presents: The Journey

There is a visceral ecstasy that runs through the music of The Journey, a veritable musical odyssey by the trombonist, occasional trumpeter and magnificent conguero, Carlos Martín. This is duende of a different kind, largely due to the fact that the music...

Mark Weinstein: In Jerusalem

At a time when virtually everything is available on CD, many musicians – flutists, in this instance – search for something both different and...

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