Akua Dixon – Moving On

Although the cello is not new to the idiom of jazz—Oscar Pettiford was a master of the instrument and played it often—there is very...

Felipe Salles – Departure

It might be tempting to compare Felipe Salles’ tone on Departure on tenor saxophone with the depth and warmth of tenor Joe Henderson,...

Yosvany Terry: Today’s Opinion

The work of a troubadour is never over. He traverses the world covering the geography of the liveliest hotspots on the earth as well...

Luis Perdomo: The ‘Infancia’ Project

It is hard to go back and dig deep once something is put in the past and locked down. Miles Davis showed this when...

Johnny Conga – Oye!

Johnny Conga has given the impression that he is an exceptionally quiet musician, releasing one album, Breaking Skin in 2009 and now, Oye!. In...

Greg Diamond: Conduit

In his follow-up to Dançando Com Ale a classic 2009 debut Greg Diamond has produced another remarkable record, Conduit. The guitarist displays increasing...

San Juan Collective: Fuera de Control

The first track of the new album by the power trío San Juan Collective is "Fuera de Control", energy charged with special guest Paoli...

Simetrío – Simetrío

Hidden in the spectacular music of bassist Marcelo Cordóva, pianist Lautaro Quevedo and drummer Carlos Cortés or Simetrío as the stellar group is known...

Aguabella – Baker Gateway to Death Valley

Take away the soul from a body and there is nothing left of it. This could easily have been the way that Aguabella...

Bobby Sanabria Big Band: Multiverse

There are few drummers today who have as much energy and imagination as Bobby Sanabria. He is a percussion colourist of the highest order...

Arturo O’Farrill – The Noguchi Sessions

To be alone at the keyboard of a great piano in a sound-proofed studio is a daunting prospect for the ideation process. How much...

Richie Zellon – Beatles: Afro-Peruvian Jazz Tribute

Covering Beatles music, while not a rarity, has either been a matter of artistic fawning, which is to say that the covering artist came...

Mike Freeman Zona Vibe – The Vibesman

There are two exciting aspects to Mike “The Vibesman” Freeman; both are related to each other. But first: There is his elegant facility with...

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...

Roni Ben-Hur & Santi Debriano featuring Duduka Da Fonseca – Our Thing

It is not often that music—even some of the finest on record, like a highly imaginative novel—evokes powerful visuals, but when it does the...

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...

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...

Duduka Da Fonseca Quintet – Samba Jazz – Jazz Samba

Duduka Da Fonseca brings something altogether new and exciting to the art of drumming: a flair for...

Anat Cohen: Claroscuro

The sweet, warm breath swirls through the woody innards of the clarinet and bass clarinet of Anat Cohen, just as it does through the...

Donald Vega – Spiritual Nature

It takes probably three or four bars into the first song, “Scorpio,” on pianist Donald Vega’s Resonance album Spiritual Nature for a magical spell...
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