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...

Greg Burk and Vicente Lebron – Unduality (Accurate Records – 2010)

This album, Unduality, a duet between pianist Greg Burk and the Dominican-born conguero, Vicente Lebron, is quite simply the most innovative interpretation of Johann Sebastian Bach’s “First Inventions” since the master conceived of it and a pianist’s sublime exercise. In fact it could be one of the most striking re-imaginations of a previously composed piece, ever. In themselves, the “First Inventions” are superlative creations demonstrating contrapuntal technique [...]

Mario Bauzá: The Legendary Mambo King and His Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra

*Editor's Pick - Essential Albums Revisited - The history of music of Afro-Cuban origin, music that begat Latin-Jazz cannot be told in 500 words, not...

Jussanam – Rio/Reykjavik

Jussanam is a brazilian singer living in Iceland since 2008, so her new album entitled Rio/Reykjavik is a reference to, her native Rio de...

New Bojaira: Zorongo Blu

BUY THIS ALBUM ON AMAZON.COM Jesús Hernández and Alfonso Cid (one half of New Bojaira – the others...
César Orozco | Jorge Glem: StringWise

César Orozco | Jorge Glem: StringWise

César Orozco and Jorge Glem reveal their purpose in life even before a note of music is performed on StringWise and it is this:...
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...
Kiki Valera: Vivencias en Clave

Kiki Valera: Vivencias en Clave Cubana

It’s odd to think that a recording in 2019 could be deemed to have become “historic” upon its release, but this one - Vivencias...

Fidel Morales: Omío

In the highly unlikely event that you have not heard Fidel Morales play his drum kit or the bàtá drums now is your chance....

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...
Mario Adnet - Samba Meets Boogie Woogie

Mario Adnet: Samba Meets Boogie Woogie

This is a truly remarkable recording and features fifteen tracks that make for a stellar tribute bossa nova, before it became the Bossa Nova. These fifteen tracks were all written and most of them were performed during the 1940s and 1950s. There have been many recordings that purport to pay tribute to various historic periods in music, but none have been so exquisitely rendered [...]

Mike Marshall & Caterina Lichtenberg

It is no longer the necessity to use the term Third Stream that Gunther Schuller “invented” to describe the music created by the Modern Jazz Quartet in the 50’s, which was a confluence of the European Classical tradition streaming with cadenzas, infused with swaggering swing and syncopations of jazz idioms to describe much contemporary 21st century music, which does the same. Labels of any sort would diminish the excellence of the music played by Mike [...]

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...
Miguel Zenón: Yo Soy la Tradición

Miguel Zenón: Yo Soy la Tradición

It takes but a few bars of “Rosario”, the first chart of Yo Soy la Tradición, by composer and alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón to...

Antonio Adolfo: Tropical Infinito

Editor's Pick · Album of the Month · That Antonio Adolfo should be paying homage to the Jazz side of his music should come as...

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...
Gretchen Parlato - Live in NYC

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...
Etienne Charles - Carnival - The Soul of a People

Etienne Charles: Carnival – The Sound of a People Vol. 1

Etienne Charles has added an important opus to the literature of contemporary music with the release of Carnival – The Sound of a People...

Chico Alvarez “El Montunero” – Country Roots/Urban Masters

Review written by: Raul da Gama One of the most endearing aspects of the great Afro-Cuban bands of the past—bands like those led by Mario...
Bobby Sanabria and the Multiverse Band - West Side Story

Bobby Sanabria: West Side Story (Reimagined)

Jerome Robbins’ seminal story of danger and the triumph of love, West Side Story inspired by William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet has been...