Reencuentros: Maraca and his Latin Jazz All Stars

Flutist, Orlando Valle, known to his followers as, “MARACA,” grew up in a musical environment. He took up the flute at an early age...

Guillermo Klein y Los Guachos: Carrera

In his first recording since the magnificent arrangements of music by Cuchi Leguizamón, Domador de Huellas (Sunnyside 2010), pianist Guillermo Klein has reassembled his...

Roberto Fonseca: ABUC

  With the release of ABUC it has become eminently clear that everything Roberto Fonseca has been writing and performing, and capturing on disc has...

Grupo Falso Baiano – Viajando Choro e Jazz (Independent 2008)

Of the many non-Brasilian ensembles in the United States besotted with "choro," the music of Brasil and, not simply drawn to it, but actually performing it, Grupo Falso Baiano may very possibly be the finest. The quartet of Jesse Appelman (mandolin), Zack Pitt-Smith (woodwinds), Brian Moran (guitars and cavaquinho) and Ami Molinelli (pandeiro and percussion) [...]

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...
Yissy & Bandancha: Última Noticia

Yissy & Bandancha · Última Noticia

Yissy García was one of the girls who were brought out of Cuba by the renowned soprano saxophonist and flutist “Havana” Jane Bunnett to...

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...

Miguel Zenón & Laurent Coq – Rayuela

Rayuela the legendary 1963 Spanish novel by the great Argentinean writer, Julio Cortázar had an equally illustrious incarnation in English in 1966 as Hopscotch...
Alfredo Rodriguez - Tocororo

Alfredo Rodriguez: Tocororo

*Editor's Pick - Album of the month - As a pianist, Alfredo Rodriguez is a rare bird, the very epitomé of the one he celebrates...
Pedro Giraudo - Córdoba

Pedro Giraudo Jazz Orchestra: Córdoba

The abject beauty of bassist Pedro Giraudo’s album Cordoba is contained in its pastoral imagery and in the refinement of the rustic rhythms that...

Luis Marín: The One

Luis Marín plays with the quiet assurance that shows him to be a musician of considerable promise. Mr. Marín is a pianist of immense potential. He combines the rhythmic muscularity of his left hand...

Nelson Riveros – Camino al Barrio (Self Produced – 2010)

Nelson Riveros is one of the most proficient melodic guitarists inhabiting the world of music today. On top of that he is artful rhythmically....

Brenda Hopkins Miranda – Simple

No se dejen confundir por el título del más reciente álbum de la pianista/educadora/compositora Brenda Hopkins Miranda: Simple. La música de Hopkins en...

Samuel Yirga – Guzo

Ethiopian pianist and composer, Samuel Yirga is a young man with a bold vision and a voracious appetite. His debut recording titled Guzo –...

Mark Weinstein – Todo Corazón

Of all the magnificent aspects of The Tango, perhaps the most beguiling is its musicality. For instance, tango dancing has a unique freedom of...
Brenda Hopkins Miranda: Puentes

Brenda Hopkins Miranda · Puentes

The black and white cover of this disc by pianist Brenda Hopkins Miranda is a perfect entrée into the music of Puentes as it...

Matt Geraghty Project: Trade Winds-Cuba

This is an ambitious project. Bassist Matt Geraghty, reeds and winds player Zé Luis Oliveira together with documentary filmmaker Laura Newman plan an ambitious...

Bobby Matos & His Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble – Beautiful As The Moon

The master timbalero, Bobby Matos not only carries on the great tradition of the timbales that he inherited from El Rey, Tito Puente, but...

Aruán Ortiz & The Camerata Urbana Ensemble – Santiarican Blues Suite

This record by a very special artist will go down as one of the most significant works of music. Its power, significance and beauty will forever linger in the soul, where all musical art is enjoyed to the...

Bye-Ya! The Latin Jazz Quintet – Further Arrivals (Challenge 2010)

On Further Arrivals two forces of nature come together. One is the molten voice of Brian Lynch’s trumpet and the other is the very exciting European quartet that goes by the name: Bye-Ya! On the face of it this fine ensemble might appear to be a tribute to Thelonious Monk and, indeed, their chattering approach to music might well be the debt they owe to His Great Outness. However, the music dances to a Latin American rhythm and so, these three men and a woman [...]

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