Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Estaire Godinez: This Time…

On a good day it is very likely that you’ll find an artist who is a fine vocalist fronting a highly successful ensemble. But...

Mark Levine & The Latin Tinge – Off & On: The Music of Moacir...

If ever a record could be likened to a comet streaking across the musical stratosphere and a long time coming at that, this one...

Edsel Gómez: Road to Udaipur

Nothing should surprise you about music by Edsel Gómez, except that the music is always a surprise. His music jumps at you in a...

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...

Brian Andres and the Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel: This Could Be That

You can always count on Brian Andres and the Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel to put on a show worthy of an award. Whether this will...

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...
Claudio Roditi - Bons Amigos

Claudio Roditi: Bons Amigos

Most fans, even aficionados of contemporary music, still only vaguely know the great trumpeter Claudio Roditi as the “Brazilian who joined Arturo Sandoval in...

Danny Rivera & Nelson González: Obsesión

The twisted intrusion of desire can be maddeningly seared into the brain by the power and artistry of the troubadour. This is a dangerous and magical...

Nilson Matta: East Side Rio Drive

feel•ing (fee-ling): a function or the power of perceiving by touch. A particular sensation of this kind: a feeling of warmth. The general state of consciousness considered independently of...

Herbie Hancock: Inventions & Dimensions

Herbie Hancock was just twenty-three when he recorded this Inventions & Dimensions. The music on the recording, and the fact that Mr. Hancock was...

Luis Perdomo: The ‘Infancia’ Project

It is hard to go back and dig deep once something is put in the past and locked down. Miles Davis showed this when...

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...
Harold López-Nussa - El Viaje

Harold López-Nussa: El Viaje

As with all the previous albums of Harold López-Nussa, this Mack Avenue recording El Viaje attests to the young pianist’s remarkable technical polish and...

Xiomara Laugart: Tears and Rumba

Xiomara Laugart is a major voice in music. She combines raw and elemental power with soulful interpretation of repertoire—traditional and...

Chuchito Valdés – Live in Chicago

In a dynasty there is sure to be some characteristics that link one generation to another—facial characteristics, for instance, but in certain dynasties things...

Ricardo Silveira—with Vanessa Rodrigues and Rafael Barata: Organ tRio

It is easy to fall in love with the Ricardo Silveira: Organ tRio. Blame that all on Vanessa Rodrigues. The organist plays softly and...

Alfredo Rodríguez: The Invasion Parade

Of all the musicians to come out of Cuba in recent times, to be repatriated to the United States or Canada, Alfredo Rodriguez is...

Machito: Kenya

Far from being the obligatory “essential Latin Jazz” album, Machito’s Kenya escapes this glib epithet by the skin of its teeth. Drumming out the...
Dafnis Prieto Sextet - Triangles and Circles

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,...

Andy Narell: Dis 1. 4. Raf

Editor's Pick · Album of the Month · There are many steel pan players who are doing the greatest work, but two bestride the world...