Brenda Navarrete - Mi Mundo

Brenda Navarrete: Mi Mundo

The Afro-Cuban percussionist and singer, Brenda Navarrete is one of the best-kept secrets of her generation. However, now, thanks to producer extraordinaire and Alma...

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...
Charlie Sepúlveda and The Turnaround: Songs For Nat

Charlie Sepúlveda and The Turnaround: Songs For Nat

This is not a tribute to Nat Adderley, but if it were, it would be a better one than any trumpeter has done. As...

Dizzy Gillespie y Machito: Afro-Cuban Jazz Moods

Dizzy Gillespie honored his African roots in many ways. His chameleonic writing was a testament to this fact. He also, along with Chano Pozo,...

The Gypsy-Cuban Project: Damian Draghici

Damian Draghici is far from being a regular guy, although the Cuban and Spanish musicians with whom he made The Gypsy Cuban Project would...

San Juan Collective: Fuera de Control

The first track of the new album by the power trío San Juan Collective is "Fuera de Control", energy charged with special guest Paoli...
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...

Jorge Vera: Luz

Following his immersion into a very unique ocean of sound with Groovera, Jorge Vera returns to the studio with mostly his own material for...

Mark Weinstein: In Jerusalem

At a time when virtually everything is available on CD, many musicians – flutists, in this instance – search for something both different and...

Patty Ascher – Bossa, Jazz ‘n’ Samba (Zoho Music – 2011)

Patty Ascher’s exquisitely floating soprano literally takes flight on her ever so memorable English album, Bossa, Jazz ‘n’ Samba, a collection of mostly original...

Laura Fernandez – Un Solo Beso (Self Published – 2011)

There is a certain fire that burns with a quietude that, although atypical of the Latin soul, still contains much of the passion that is contained in it. In fact the passion is so contained that the fire actually soars with its very chill. The music of Laura Fernandez “burns” with this cold fire. Much of Miles Davis’ music was “hot” in that sense (that) it burned with a similar quiet fire. Conventional wisdom dictates that Latin music is not meant to be cool but fiery and hot [...]

Dave Chamberlain’s Band of Bones: Stomp!

Dave Chamberlain’s Band of Bones’ recital is a gloriously deceptive one. For here is no familiar programme of New Orleans music but an enterprising...

André Mehmari & Gabriele Mirabassi – Miramari (Tratore – 2009)

Miramari is a musical whirlpool that bubbles with rhythmic ripples and swirls in a manner, at that describes some gentle disturbance that gathers in intensity at times. It is in this mysterious, liquified realm that pianist, André Mehmari and clarinetist, Gabriel Mirabassi concoct their sublime music mixing disparate metaphors, idiomatic phrases and images [...]

Anat Cohen: Claroscuro

The sweet, warm breath swirls through the woody innards of the clarinet and bass clarinet of Anat Cohen, just as it does through the...
Yuri Juárez | Jhair Sala: Lima

Yuri Juárez | Jhair Sala: Lima

Yuri Juárez has been exploring music for the guitar in what he calls “música criolla”, broadly, the Afro-Peruvian cultural topography. Following his epic guitar...

Luis Muñoz – Luz

It is the simple and sheer beauty of the melodic musicality of Luis Muñoz that is so powerful that these qualities captivate the senses....

Gabriel Espinosa & Hendrik Meurkens: Samba Little Samba

Hendrik Meurkens and Gabriel Espinosa have established a relationship that seems to allow them to make recordings as if they have known each other...

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,...

Miguel Zenón & The Rhythm Collective – Oye!!! Live in Puerto Rico

More than just a Jazz album, this is an historical document. Miguel Zenón & The Rhythm Collective Oye!!! Live in Puerto Rico was recorded...
Cuban Rhapsody - Jane Bunnett & Hilario Durán

Jane Bunnett & Hilario Durán: Cuban Rhapsody

Both reeds and woodwinds maestro Jane Bunnett and piano virtuoso Hilario Durán have released enormously successful albums lately. Bunnett made Embracing Voices (EMI, 2009)...

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