Duduka Da Fonseca Trio – New Samba Jazz Directions

To understand the profundity of the nature of “samba” it is essential to understand its etymology. Brazilian folklorists suggest that it is a corruption...

Los Más Valientes Live! At Makor

A 10th Anniversary Celebration Recorded at a live concert performance at Makor (a renowned midtown club in New York City), this is Los Más Valientes’...

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...

‘Papiosco’ and Iroko Project: Ancestral

It seems both significant and appropriate that the eminent rumbero, Jorge Luis Torres Paumier “Papiosco” should choose the iconic “Iroko” tree as the title...

Chano Domínguez & WDR Big Band Cologne: Soleando

It was probably only a matter of time when Chano Domínguez would be cast on a larger European stage. The fact that this was...

From New York: Spanish Harlem Orchestra

The celebrated ensemble led by pianist and musical director Oscar Hernández has been in the limelight since 2002, when their debut recording, Un Gran...

Rubén Blades: Tangos

There is nothing, or possibly very little, by way of music and dance in Latin America—and that includes Argentina—that is not a result of...
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...

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...

Ronnie Cuber – Live at Jazzfest Berlin

"The power and sassiness of Ronnie Cuber’s playing is captured by the breathtaking manner in which he is able to imbue the notes he...

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...

Bobby Matos Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble: Ritmo & Blues

The percussionist Bobby Matos makes a point about the intrinsic connection between Afro Caribbean and Afro-American music. As is evident the African connection is...

Iván “Melón” Lewis: Ayer y Hoy

Iván “Melón” Lewis leapt to attention in a single bound backing up the wonderful singer, Buika, and ever since then he has been unfolding...

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...

Luis Lascano: Some Trips

This album, Some Trips by Luis Lascano is a short one. This is a pity because the songs—every one of them—is beautifully crafted. They...

Laura Andrea Leguía: Saxofón Criollo

It is entirely within the realm of possibility that, eyes shut; the soprano saxophone of Laura Andrea Leguía is engaged in an interminable dance...

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...

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...

Tiempo Libre: Panamericano

The musical and theatrical finery of Panamericano is going to be quite the sensation in the weeks and months to come, and several years...

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...
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