Dafnis Prieto Sextet: Triangles and Circles

It is rare indeed to find drummers who can think like pianists; even rarer to find one that thinks like a saxophonist, a trumpeter,...

Thana Alexa: Ode To Heroes

There is something enchanting about the vocalastic melismas of this album that open it up to a wider circle of listeners that simply want...

Cristina Morrison: Baronesa

Part biographical, perhaps even part autobiographical and all adventure, Baronesa by the ineffable chanteuse Cristina Morrison is an amorous masterpiece. Ms. Morrison’s dark and...

Michel Nirenberg: Retrato/Portrait

Hard on the heels of the carioca, Leo Gandelman comes the infinitely younger carioca, Michel Nirenberg, a musician steeped in choro and samba. A...

Manuel Valera Trio: Live at Firehouse 12

This recording is a fascinating, satisfying live programme which brings together three of the most active, finest musicians in New York whose work...

Theo Croker: Afro-Physicist

Theo Croker is the epitome of the sound of surprise. He comes suddenly from behind and sideways - never from the front - seizing...

Carlos Averhoff Jr.: iRESI

This recording is one of the most visceral and heartfelt that Carlos Averhoff Jr. may have made. You would think that its audacity had something to do with making a leap of faith into an unknown...

Brigitte Zarie: L’amour

Beautiful strings arrangements give way to the sensual voice of Brigitte Zarie on “Where there is love”, the first track of her new release...

Lisa Engelken: Little Warrior

Lisa Engelken is a fearless, versatile singer as she demonstrates once again on her new release, Little Warrior. Her song selection and interpretations reveal...

Gretchen Parlato: Live in NYC

It is hard to listen to Gretchen Parlato without hearing something celestial in her singing. To be sure, she sings in a jazz idiom...

Kellylee Evans: I Remember When

Kellylee Evans does not get the attention she deserves and yet she must be swept up and have arms wrapped around her. That may...

Aimée Allen: Matter of Time

This is a slow burner of a disc. Honestly, I was not won at first hearing, Romero Lubambo notwithstanding. But listening is believing...

Avishai Cohen Trio: From Darkness

Like Duende that came a few years before it, nothing illustrates the mastery of bassist Avishai Cohen better than From Darkness...

Paolo Fresu Devil Quartet – Desertico

If Paolo Fresu is quickly becoming one of the most sought after trumpet players it might easily be because he calls to mind a...

Etienne Charles: Creole Soul

“In the world that we live in today, it’s impossible not to be a creole, it’s impossible not to have a blend of ideas, a blend of traditions and a blend of sound or shape that determines who we are. There is a little bit of a creole...

Music for Peter Gunn: Harmonie Ensemble New York and Steven Richman

As I jazz lover it will always be a pleasure and a privilege to write about Henry Mancini´s music, the ingenious composer and arranger...

John Basile: Penny Lane

This is a vivid, provocative Beatles album from John Basile, a New Yorker who has a pianist’s approach to the guitar. Let there be...

Monty Alexander: The Harlem-Kingston Express Comes Alive

There might be a gentleman’s argument as to whom the pianist Monty Alexander belongs to; Jamaica, where he was born, or New York where...

The Miami Jazz Project: The Miami Jazz Project

Dave Liebman can convey the often hidden virility of music no matter what wind instrument he is playing. His ability to make this possible...

John Patitucci Electric Guitar Quartet: Brooklyn

Having already given us an excellent account of himself as both a virtuoso acoustic bassist as well as on electric bass, with scores of...
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