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...
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...
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...
Nestor Torres: Jazz Flute Traditions

Nestor Torres: Jazz Flute Traditions

This album Jazz Flute Traditions is infinitely more than just a sweeping review of the flute in Jazz. It also lets the listener into...
David Virelles - Gnosis

David Virelles Presents: Gnosis

The pianist David Virelles came to New York via Santiago de Cuba and Toronto. Along the way his vocation as a musician has unfolded...
Hilario Durán: Contumbao

Hilario Durán Presents: 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...
Ancestral Memories - Yosvany Terry - Baptiste Trotignon

Ancestral Memories – Yosvany Terry & Baptiste Trotignon

Each of these premiere recordings on Ancestral Memories references the continuum of music written and performed in a series of cycles that seem to...
El Septeto Santiagero - Raiz

El Septeto Santiaguero Presents: Raíz

As the footprint and influence of Africa appears to expand into Caribbean and American music, even as the world seems to shrink, we find...
Ray Mantilla: High Voltage

Ray Mantilla Presents: High Voltage

In 1932, Duke Ellington wrote one of the most famous songs, one that has not only endured for decades but might also be held...
Ron Francis Blake - Assimilation

Ron Francis Blake Presents: Assimilation

Ron Francis Blake has never strayed too far from actively playing music. The furthest he has ever gone is into an office space in...
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...
Ignacio Berroa - Straight Ahead From Havana

Ignacio Berroa Trio: Straight Ahead From Havana

Ignacio Berroa has a sense of humour – a bit on the wry side – but a sense of humour nevertheless. Clearly a more...
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...
Daymé Arocena - Cubafonía

Daymé Arocena Presents: Cubafonía

The rise and rise of Daymé Arocena is quite the Cinderella story, sans the proverbial ‘glass slipper’. She performed for some time in Joaquin...
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...

Jane Bunnett and Maqueque: Oddara

When the album Jane Bunnett and Maqueque was released in 2014 it seemed to suggest that the celebrated soprano saxophonist and flutist Jane Bunnett,...

Zemog El Gallo Bueno: The Yo You Me Tú Trilogy – Vol.1 & 2

Listening to Abraham Gomez-Delgado’s recent and ongoing repertoire with Zemog El Gallo Bueno, Yo You Me Tú one important aspect of it is seared...

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...

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...

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...
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