Thursday, May 28, 2020
Elio Villafranca - Cinque

Elio Villafranca: Cinque

Editor's Pick · Featured Album The record package itself for Cinque is modest, but oddly impressive; its black cover has the title and Mr Villafranca’s...

Benjamim Taubkin + Adriano Adewale – The Vortex Sessions

It is sometimes by pure happenstance that musicians happen to be in the right place, with the right vibrations swirling between them and in...

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...

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...

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...
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...

Cocomama: Quiero

The word they use to refer to themselves is “powerhouse”. That, to me, sounds a little too masculine to describe nine extraordinarily beautiful ladies...

Cristina Morrison: Impredecible (Voces de Mujer)

When Cristina Morrison released Baronesa she may have been considered an vocal artist of boundless promise, but since then and with the advent of...
Pedro Giraudo Big Band - Cuentos

Pedro Giraudo Big Band: Cuentos

Pedro Giraudo’s purposeful, imaginative and inventive music has rightly gained its own following, which his Big Band’s performance of "Cuentos", an album revolving around a four-part suite...

Bill O’Connell Latin Jazz All-Stars: Zócalo

There are so many reasons why Bill O’Connell’s record, Zócalo recommends itself. The title is charming. The ensemble on the date is what might...

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...

Chucho Valdés and the Afro-Cuban Messengers: Border-Free

The connotation of the music of Chucho Valdés being Border-Free, from soul to finger-tips, is that idiom and metaphor melt—one into the other—and that...
Eva Cortés Crossing Borders

Eva Cortés: Crossing Borders

Although the release of Crossing Borders by Eva Cortés comes just two years after In Bloom appeared on Truth Revolution Records, it feels like...

Pablo Ablanedo – Recontradoble

The beauty of ReContraDoble lies in its exquisite counterpoint that pits the brass against the woodwinds; the guitar against the piano with the drums...
Omara Portuondo, Ethiel Faílde

Ethiel Faílde: Keeper of the Flame of Danzón

Did Miguel Faílde (1852-1921) create or even “consciously stumble” upon (both better epithet than “invented”) the now-iconic danzón dance form that Cuba gave the...

Gabriel Alegría Afro-Peruvian Sextet: Ciudad de los Reyes

“Once again this exciting ensemble does a star turn as it brings to life the wild and burgeoning rhythm of the...

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...

Ignacio Berroa: Heritage and Passion

Heritage and Passion… Never was an album so aptly titled and rarely has an album been so magnificently and ingeniously crafted. And while...
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...
Despertando-Diego-Pinera

Diego Pinera Presenta · Despertando

In his remarkable 2018 album, Despertando the drummer Diego Pinera has shifted his sights slightly to more tradition-based repertoire. However, it is impossible to...