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...

Laura Otero: From Noche to Night

Anyone who has heard Laura Otero from her earlier repertoire or her remarkable performances on stage in Colombia’s Misi Productions will want to discover...

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis: Live in Cuba

We hear so much big band music these days that we may be at risk of forgetting where the priceless modern day markers really...

Chucho Valdés: Tribute to Irakere

In 2010 the BBC Library released tapes of a 1995 Irakere concert in London. Imprinted on record by the Beeb three years after the...

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...

Dr. Ed Calle Presents: Mamblue

On Mamblue saxophonist Dr. Ed Calle has created not one, but two imperishable discs brim-full of magical charts meriting the simple designation: a musical...

Ralph Irizarry & Timbalaye: 20th Anniversary

That Ralph Irizarry’s percussion has found numerous champions attests to the timbalero’s ability to play in a well-crafted, idiomatic manner in wide-ranging, accessible and...

Luis Muñoz: Voz

There are few – very few – drummers playing music today who see music in four dimensions; the three we know and the fourth...

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...

Carlos Henriquez: The Bronx Pyramid

There is topographical significance in the musical architecture of Carlos Henriquez’s record, The Bronx Pyramid and it is a bold thesis, one that has...

Leny Andrade, Roni Ben-Hur: Alegria de Viver

It’s hard to argue with Tony Bennett when he describes Leny Andrade as the “Ella Fitzgerald of Brasil”. Anyone who has heard Ms. Andrade...

Cuban Jazz Train featuring Calixto Oviedo: Cómo Suena

This is exactly how you would expect Afro-Cuban music to sound in this day and age; romantic but without an ounce of sentimentality, which,...

Catina DeLuna: Lado B Brazilian Project

As if shepherding her brilliant vocals through a Brasilian soundscape were not enough, Catina DeLuna has turned the charms of her voice of longing...

Ramón Valle: Take Off

It will not be surprising if you are drawn to Take Off, the 2015 recording by Ramón Valle. The reasons are two-fold. For all...

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...

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