Sean Bellaviti and Conjunto Lacalu: Toronto Mambo

Sean Bellaviti Conjunto Lacalu: Toronto Mambo

If there is one place outside Cuba, El Barrio and the Bay Area, where African music survives and thrives it is in Toronto. This...
Ray Mantilla: High Voltage

Ray Mantilla Presents: High Voltage

In 1932, Duke Ellington wrote one of the most famous songs, one that has not only endured for decades but might also be held...
Ron Francis Blake - Assimilation

Ron Francis Blake Presents: Assimilation

Ron Francis Blake has never strayed too far from actively playing music. The furthest he has ever gone is into an office space in...
Zeynep Ozbilen: Zest

Zeynep Ozbilen Presents: Zest

If the idiocy of so-called “cultural appropriation” were to be taken any more seriously than it is right now, would that ever make it...
Maureen Choi Quartet - Ida y Vuelta

Maureen Choi Qu4rtet: Ida y Vuelta

Violinist Maureen Choi is well on the way to finding her voice and even if it takes a few more years she will eventually...
The Marty Sheller Ensemble: Libre

The Marty Sheller Ensemble: Libre

Thank heavens that Marty Sheller gives us his wonders in small packages – six songs and just over a quarter of an hour of...
Ignacio Berroa - Straight Ahead From Havana

Ignacio Berroa Trio: Straight Ahead From Havana

Ignacio Berroa has a sense of humour – a bit on the wry side – but a sense of humour nevertheless. Clearly a more...
CaboCubaJazz - Corason Africano

CaboCubaJazz Presents: Corason Africano

Despite the fact that the ‘goodies’ are fairly well-distributed among the musicians, one can’t help the feeling that it is the hand – or...
Ralph Peterson, Zaccai Curtis, Luques Curtis - Triangular III

Ralph Peterson, Zaccai Curtis, Luques Curtis: Triangular III

When the Curtis Brothers take a break from business to make music together something magical always happens. On Triangular III they complete a trio...
The Reunion Project - Varanda

The Reunion Project: Varanda

Listening to Varanda by The Reunion Project, I am struck by how they make of music a living, breathing being, drinking in its heady...
Roger Davidson - Oração para Amanhã

Roger Davidson: Oração para Amanhã

Three things occupy the mind of Roger Davidson: spirituality, the romance of music, and Brasil. This might not necessarily be in that order but...
UNT Latin Jazz Lab - Little D Town

UNT Latin Jazz Lab: Little “D” Town

The music of Little “D” Town by the UNT Latin Jazz Lab is designed to explode on impact. So be prepared. There are just...
The Black Butterflies featuring Gato Barbieri - Luisa

The Black Butterflies ft. Gato Barbieri: Luisa

Devotees of the music of Mercedes Figueras are often spoilt for choice when it comes to fine recordings with her group The Black Butterflies....

Gene Ess: Absurdist Theater

The beautiful, soaring coloratura that Thana Alexa indulges in at the start of Absurdist Theater by Gene Ess is all the time you’ll be...
Joey Alexander - Countdown

Joey Alexander Presents: Countdown

Once more, Joey Alexander puts all of his debonair virtuosity on display, on Countdown, only his second album. The quality of his playing is...
Chris Washburne - Rags and Roots

Chris Washburne: Rags and Roots

Editor's Pick · Featured Album · The Columbia University Professor, author and musician, trombonist Chris Washburne enjoys the company of some of the finest young...
The Seasons - Manuel Valera Trio

Manuel Valera Trio: The Seasons

Was there a closet ‘renaissance man’ just waiting to jump out of Manuel Valera? Probably so, but although his recording of The Seasons references...
Alex Chadsey - Duende Libre

Alex Chadsey, Farko Dosumov, Jeff “Bongo” Busch: Duende Libre

For some years now you could have confined your Latin-Jazz and exploratory Latin-Jazz music CD-buying to Cuban pianists, drummers and percussionists resident in Cuba...
Juan-De-Marcos-Afro-Cuban-All-Stars - Absolutely-Live-II-Viva-Mexico

Juan De Marcos Afro-Cuban All Stars: Absolutely Live II – Viva México!

Editor's Pick · Featured Album · Afro-Cuban music is at the intriguing heart of American history and its development into Latin-Jazz in New York, California...
ahama Soul Club: Havana '58

Bahama Soul Club Presents: Havana ‘58

The year “1958” in Havana ‘58 by Bahama Soul Club has rather risqué connotations – raising the spectre the dying days of the Batista...