Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Nilson Matta’s Black Orpheus

Of the many mesmerising narratives of Orpheus and Eurydice—both classical and modern—one of the finest is contained in the dramatic re-setting of the myth...

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....

Paquito D’Rivera: Jazz Meets The Classics

The concept of a collision between jazz and classical music is not new. The fantasy has been driving composers and performers as early as...

Harold López-Nussa: New Day

To perceive the new proclivities of the Cuban pianist Harold López-Nussa is to trace his seemingly mystical and musical voyage unto the recording he...

The Black Butterflies – Rainbows for Ramon

There is something quite exquisite in a deeply primordial and seductive manner about Mercedes Figueras and The Black Butterflies’ Rainbows for Ramon. This comes...

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...
Colette Michaan: Heaven and Earth-Cielo y Tierra

Colette Michaan · Heaven and Earth-Cielo y Tierra

In a world – sadly – dominated by male musicians, the flutist Colette Michaan gets much less respect than she deserves. One wonders, however,...
El Eco with Guillermo Nojechowicz

El Eco with Guillermo Nojechowicz: Puerto de Buenos Aires 1933

The misty nature of this meditative, multi-layered music by Guillermo Nojechowicz on Puerto de Buenos Aires is most awe-inspiring. Moreover despite using palpably Argentinean...
Negroni's Trio - On the Way

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...

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...

Clarice Assad: Imaginarium

The release of Clarice Assad’s Imaginarium puts her in contention for some major recognition, for with this recording, Ms. Assad has created a veritable...

Antonio Adolfo: Samba Jazz Alley

The celebrated Brasilian musician, composer, pianist and pedagogue Antonio Adolfo shows that it is possible to be nostalgic without having to be sentimental on...

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...

Manuel Valera Sr.: Recuerdos

This album, by Manuel Valera Sr. Recuerdos ranks—with Charlie Haden’s Nocturne as one of the most beautiful albums of boleros made in recent times....
Anat Cohen

Anat Cohen: Luminosa

On her brand new and magnificent album "Luminosa," Anat Cohen gives us tone-poems first and pieces second, her technique as unobtrusive...

Michele Rosewoman’s Dream Project Becomes A Reality

30 YEARS – A MUSICAL CELEBRATION OF CUBA IN AMERICA is a milestone in the history of New Yor-Uba and the fruition of one of Michele Rosewoman’s greatest goals. As Michele eloquently writes in the liner-notes...

The Rodriguez Brothers: Impromptu

Few sets of brothers (as far as sisters go there is always the Labèque sisters) have such surprising material up their sleeves as The...
Omar Sosa & NDR Big Band: es:sensual

Omar Sosa & NDR Big Band: es:sensual

Everything about the music of Omar Sosa seems not only to say that “Tradition is a wonderful reality,” but also something else: “not understanding...

Manuel Valera & New Cuban Express: Expectativas

Manuel Valera and New Cuban Express seem to have picked up from where they left off. Their album Expectativas has the same vigor and...

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...