Chano Domínguez & WDR Big Band Cologne: Soleando

It was probably only a matter of time when Chano Domínguez would be cast on a larger European stage. The fact that this was...

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...

Gabriel Alegría Afro-Peruvian Sextet: 10

A decade ago Gabriel Alegría called upon his drummer-friend, Hugo Alcázar, to make a record where the music of the coastal part of Perú...

Cristina Pato: Latina

The late cellist Jacqueline Du Pré and the legendary percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie, and now the virtuoso Galician bagpiper (gaita player) Cristina Pato… Very...

Sammy Figueroa: Imaginary World

If you are one among the group who considers Sammy Figueroa to be a percussionist’s percussionist you might as well count yourself in a...

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...

Mike Eckroth: Piano and Rhythm

Pianists who embark on Cuban music projects usually present them as traditional or modern, but rarely both. Mike Eckroth does both on his extraordinary...

Donald Vega: With Respect to Monty

Now this is something really special and it marks not simply a second disc for an iconic label, Resonance Records, which under the inspired...

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...

Angel Roman & Mambo Blue: Finally Here

This disc has special significance for Angel Roman. It came as an epiphany twelve years after he had virtually played any music at all....

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...

Marc Miralta and Flamenco Reunion

Not since the pianist Chano Dominguez set his piano on fire with his volcanic performances of flamenco melted dramatically into the jazz idiom has...

Samuel Torres Group: Forced Displacement

Drums. They were not quite the first instrument, but even so much as a scatological suggestion of sound can quicken the blood; and their...

Dayren Santamaria: Belleza

A violinist who tends towards relative introversion and a pianist who tends the other way. Put them together and something magical happens within the...

Mark Weinstein: In Jerusalem

At a time when virtually everything is available on CD, many musicians – flutists, in this instance – search for something both different and...

Pete Rodriguez: El Conde Negro

The younger Pete Rodriguez has always had big shoes to fill. Like most sons of famous parents nothing ever is a shoe-in. But remarkably...

Palacio de la Rumba: Talking in Cuban

Australians in Cuba? That may well be so, yet this is a remarkable musical adventure that has resulted in a quite beautiful record and...
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