Glenda Del E: Q-Ban Mixology

If Glenda del E succeeds in doing what she has set out to do with Q-Ban Mixology, she will be one of the few...

Jacques Schwarz-Bart: Jazz Racine Haïti

This album by the composer and tenor saxophonist Jacques Schwarz-Bart Jazz Racine Haïti is significant for several factual reasons and the core aspects...

Poncho Sanchez: Psychedelic Blues

Few Latin ensembles have continued to play with such elegance, swagger and irresistible sensuality as those put together by Poncho Sanchez for decades. The leader’s ability to wrap his chops around the blues, and keep swing and clave together with attractive simplicity is now quite legendary. At times Sanchez can also blend his bubbling Latin repertoire with forays into a [...]

Manuel Valera Sr.: Recuerdos

This album, by Manuel Valera Sr. Recuerdos ranks—with Charlie Haden’s Nocturne as one of the most beautiful albums of boleros made in recent times....
Carlos Martin - The Journey

Carlos Martín Presents: The Journey

There is a visceral ecstasy that runs through the music of The Journey, a veritable musical odyssey by the trombonist, occasional trumpeter and magnificent conguero, Carlos Martín. This is duende of a different kind, largely due to the fact that the music...

Gregor Huebner: El Violin Latino Volume 2

There is little doubt that the music of Brasil and Latin America must be in your very soul for you to speak its language;...

Iguazú Acoustic Trio – Rubio

A vivid sound with a style compounded of elegance and full of unexpected detail, that is the music of Iguazú Acoustic Trio. The...

Border-Free: Chucho Valdés and the Afro-Cuban Messengers

* Previously reviewed and selected as Album of the Week on May 21, 2012. - The connotation of the music of Chucho Valdés being Border-Free,...

Samuel Torres Group: Forced Displacement

Drums. They were not quite the first instrument, but even so much as a scatological suggestion of sound can quicken the blood; and their...

Florencia González: Between Loves

The long-held view that Florencia González is a woman of substance—a magnificent composer and arranger—were proven combined by startling conducting and leadership, when she...

Omar Sosa – Calma: Solo Piano &… (Otá Records – 2011)

If anything, Omar Sosa has always been a spiritual artist. Connected for generations with the practice of Santería, Sosa was surrounded by the worship together with a communion of saints, but in a truly Afro-centric manner. The particularly molten staccato of the batá drums has held sway in the melodic rhythms of his music. In fact, some of his finest earlier work has burst forth as out of a spiritual vortex shuffling with forthright swagger, churning in [...]

Luciana Souza – The Book of Chet

The music of Chet Baker is located in a place of such utter solitude, yet anyone going there begins to have his or her...

Hamlet and his Latin Jazz Experience: Pa ‘lante… Siguiendo el Camino

There is a visceral energy that courses through the primeval gut of Hamlet Fiorilli Müller’s record Pa ’lante… Siguiendo el Camino. This is...
Anat Cohen & Marcello Gonçalves - Outra Coisa

Anat Cohen & Marcello Gonçalves · Outra Coisa

You cannot call yourself Brasilian if you don’t know your Moacir Santos. The clarinetist turned soprano, alto, tenor and (when the music demanded it)...

Natalie Fernández: Nuestro Tango

The idiom of African-Latin idiom is becoming more popular, with the “sudden” discovery of so many fine artists who have contributed to making it...
Oscar Peñas - From Now On

Oscar Peñas – From Now On

If music could be transformed into a visual canvas every time it was heard then the music of Oscar Peñas would turn into a...

John Basile: Penny Lane

This is a vivid, provocative Beatles album from John Basile, a New Yorker who has a pianist’s approach to the guitar. Let there be...

Arturo Sandoval: Dear Diz (Every Day I Think Of You)

Of all the larger-than-life characters that filled the landscape of the arts in the world one musician...

Eliana Cuevas Presents: Espejo

With her album Espejo the Venezuelan-born singer/songwriter Eliana Cuevas is somewhat deeper into her life as a musician. It is clear from the music...

Mark Weinstein – El Cumbanchero

It might seem foolhardy to many to take a chance and make an entire record based on “charanga”; perceived as rather old-fashioned too considering...

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