Yunior Terry y Son de Altura: Mi Bajo Danzón

Bassist, violinist Yunior Terry is an artist for all seasons. He hails from Camagüey, Cuba where he is the...
Adriana Ospina: Respirar

Adriana Ospina Presents: Respirar

You know immediately from the first notes sung by Adriana Ospina in her characteristic pure, gilt-edged voice, that she is an artist of the...

Gonzalo Rubalcaba: Suite Caminos

Gonzalo Rubalcaba has sojourned all over the topography of music ever since his performing days in Cuba and the rest of the world, and...

Roswell Rudd – Trombone for Lovers

Trombone For Lovers by Roswell Rudd Roswell Rudd—the inimitable Roswell Rudd—is one of those musicians who must be thought of with the definite article preceding...

The MSM Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra: ¡Qué Viva Harlem!

That the members of the Manhattan School of Music Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra has always been a group of jazz professionals masquerading is one of...
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...

Duduka Da Fonseca Trio: Jive Samba

Not all interpreters have proved to be distinguished interpreters of other composers’ works, but Duduka Da Fonseca has managed to maintain...

Meeco – Amargo Mel (Connector Records 2009)

Meeco is a rather young musician who appears drawn not simply to the musical idioms of jazz, popular music and a myriad ones in the Latin tradition, he also set out to do what musicians of his age seldom attempt. He made a troubadour record. "Amargo Mel" is a very difficult project to pull off, even if you have a stellar cast that includes the likes of Reggie Moore [...]
Carlos-Averhoff-Jr-iRESI

Carlos Averhoff Jr.: iRESI

This recording is one of the most visceral and heartfelt that Carlos Averhoff Jr. may have made. You would think that its audacity had something to do with making a leap of faith into an unknown...

Abdullah Ibrahim – Hymns of Freedom

Abdullah Ibrahim has not performed in Canada or North America for at least ten years so on this rare occasion, a premier event for the Guelph Jazz Festival it presented festival goers with a very special opportunity to witness...

Mark Weinstein: Latin Jazz Underground

Mark Weinstein’s Tales from the Earth (Otá Records, 2009) was his finest album until now. This recording, Latin Jazz Underground, also seemingly an oblique...

Art Jackson: Underground Masterpiece

The term ‘Spanish Tinge’ is so hackneyed today. Moreover it contains only a half truth, that being that the music came from Spain. And...

Rudresh Mahanthappa – Gamak

There is an invisible connection between the two principal dialects of Indian music—Hindustani and Carnatic—and the dialect of jazz. All three are really old...
Gilson Schachnik and Mauricio Zottarelli - Mozik

Gilson Schachnik and Mauricio Zottarelli: Mozik

It is amazing how it sometimes takes a foreign adventure to find one’s appreciation for the culture of home territory. Whereas the love of...

Emilio Teubal and La Balteuband – Un Monton de Notas (2009)

The spectacular collision of cultures raining down of music in the Latin idiom has brought with it a proverbial deluge of the most wonderful shower of metaphor and idiom, melody and rhythm and harmonics of a tantalizingly high order. This fine record Un Monton de Notas by Emilio Teubal and his grupo projecto, La Balteuband is another fine example [...]

Laura Dreyer: Vida. Arte. Amor.

Every once and awhile an artist comes around to surprise everyone with the proficiency in an idiom naturally foreign to him or her. The...

Cristina Braga – Samba, Jazz and Love

Every year I receive lots of recordings from a diversity of Brazilian artists. Most of those recordings are good, but once or twice a...

Bobby Carcassés: De La Habana a Nueva York

The insane revelry of the guaguancó kicks off De La Habana a Nueva York, and produces a blue flame of energy from an all,...

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...
Patato: Masterpiece

Patato: Masterpiece

Arguably the greatest Afro-Cuban percussionist that ever lived (bar Tata Güines, perhaps), Carlos “Patato” Valdés is, also one of the greatest showmen of the...