Friday, October 30, 2020
Raquel Cepeda: Passion

Raquel Cepeda: Passion – Latin Jazz

There is a breathtaking array of music on this album Passion by Raquel Cepeda – music from an array of South American traditions as...

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...

Rubén Blades’ New Album: Son de Panamá

Two years ago -in 2013- at the great salsa festival “Salsa al Parque” in the city of Bogotá, I had the privilege of listening...

Gabriel Guerrero – Feyas

Gabriel Guerrero is blest with a masterful musical intellect. This enables him to form gorgeous melodic ideas that seemingly appear out of nowhere to captivate the heart and mind of...

Kenia Celebrates Dorival Caymmi (Mooka Records – 2010)

Dorival Caymmi was considered a seminal figure in the music of Bahia in Brazil. His influence on the Música Popular Brasileira movement was incalculable and Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso continue to pay him homage in their original work even today as it is impossible to escape his influence. In the appropriately entitled album, Kenia Celebrates Dorival Caymmi, the wonderful vocalist, Kenia literally recreates the unusually festive nature [...]
William Cepeda Afrorican Jazz - My Roots and Beyond

William Cepeda AfroRican Jazz: My Roots And Beyond

Essential Albums Revisited At first blush one might feel that William Cepeda AfroRican Jazz: My Roots and Beyond might seem like an attempt to re-brand...
Gabriel Chakarji: New Beginnings

Gabriel Chakarji: New Beginning

The legendary Totó La Momposina, a musician of Afro-Colombian and Indigenous descent is at pains to tell...

Eva Scow + Dusty Brough – Sharon of the Sea (Adventure Music)

There is something in the music of Eva Scow that is so unique that the only two other musicians who come to mind when she is playing are Joni Mitchell and perhaps Bela Fleck. And here is why: As a composer and arranger, she hears music in the same playful, unvarnished and guileless manner that Joni Mitchell does. Yet like Mitchell, she is a sublime harmonic colorist [...]

Bobby Matos Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble: Mambo Jazz Dance

Music is one of the most magical of all the arts. It can, by its mere sound, excite the body to such an extent...
Palacio de la Rumba - Talking in Cuban

Palacio de la Rumba: Talking in Cuban

Australians in Cuba? That may well be so, yet this is a remarkable musical adventure that has resulted in a quite beautiful record and...

The Paul Winter Sextet – Count Me In 1962-1963

The historicity of this Paul Winter Sextet recording, Count Me In: 1962-1963, is significant. The performances came were honed by an ensemble that was...
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...

Antonio Adolfo: Samba Jazz Alley

The celebrated Brasilian musician, composer, pianist and pedagogue Antonio Adolfo shows that it is possible to be nostalgic without having to be sentimental on...

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...
Hilario Durán: Contumbao

Hilario Durán: Contumbao

Although the brilliant, virtuoso pianist Hilario Durán might be heard in a recording studio warming up by playing a Bach Partita or one of...

Colina Miralta Sambeat: Danza Guaná

The good news for connoisseurs of music that is as surprising as Jazz, mysterious as flamenco and the molten mix of these with every...
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...

Antonio Sánchez – New Life

"In fact when Mr. Sánchez plays, there is a sense, however spectral, that he is playing notes and chords that are pulsed into quantum...
Oskar Cartaya - Bajo Mundo

Oskar Cartaya Presents: Bajo Mundo

No matter where you look this year – at least in the realm of Latin-Jazz – you are unlikely to find a recording where...

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...