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...

Michael Simon: New York Encounter

It is not obvious that Michael Simon is a native of Venezuela, who owes as much to that tradition as he does to the...

Brazilian Trio – Constelação

The art of the Brazilian Trio is defined by the superlative musicality of the players that comprise it: by the delicate trellis work of...
Afrodisian Orchestra - Mediterraciones

Afrodisian Orchestra: Mediterraciones

Few records in 2009 are going to have such an impact on the world of music as the Afrodisian Orchestra’s Mediterraciones. This is because there are few, just a few musicians – even native Spanish ones – who have come to imbibe completely the incredible ethos of Spain. The myriad influences – from religious (Jewish, Christian, Muslim...) to ethnic (Western Gothic, Moorish, [...]

Jerry González and Miguel Blanco Big Band: Tribute to the Fort Apache Band

Jerry Gonzalez’s Fort Apache Band was probably one of the last, most iconic ensembles to come out of New York, via the ether of Puerto Rico. Few bands would boast the fire of a trumpet cast...

Antonio Adolfo: Tropical Infinito

Editor's Pick · Album of the Month · That Antonio Adolfo should be paying homage to the Jazz side of his music should come as...

Phil DeGreg & Brasilia: Brazilian People

Among all of the musical idioms of the world Brasilian music must be one of the most seductive; the most attracting of musicians no matter what their compulsion. But let it be known that mastering their complex and myriad rhythms is no easy task ...

The Black Butterflies -1 de Mayo (Self Produced – 2010)

A delightful whimsy surrounds the room where 1 de Mayo descends, like a diaphanous sheet of sound amid its celestial wail. So extraordinary is the musical ensemble fronted by the hypnotic sound of Mercedes Figueras’ saxophones; doubly intriguing when entwined with the ululations and caterwauling ablutions of Tony Larokko’s horns. Mercedes Figueras is one of the most exciting saxophonists today. Enormously talented and with a voice [...]

Ricardo Silveira—with Vanessa Rodrigues and Rafael Barata: Organ tRio

It is easy to fall in love with the Ricardo Silveira: Organ tRio. Blame that all on Vanessa Rodrigues. The organist plays softly and...

Kellylee Evans: I Remember When

Kellylee Evans does not get the attention she deserves and yet she must be swept up and have arms wrapped around her. That may...

Danilo Brito: Self-Titled Album

The Brasilian mandolinist Danilo Brito has shown himself to be a musician and composer of considerable talent. This, self-titled album is further evidence of...

Ralph Irizarry & Timbalaye: 20th Anniversary

That Ralph Irizarry’s percussion has found numerous champions attests to the timbalero’s ability to play in a well-crafted, idiomatic manner in wide-ranging, accessible and...

Chucho Valdés: Briyumba Palo Congo

In 1999 the maestro Chucho Valdés made one of his most significant records for the Blue Note. In seven relatively short – by the...
Vocal Universo: Música Universal

Vocal Universo: Música Universal

Even in the #MeToo era it is still hard for women in music to attract the spotlight. Add to that the fact that it’s...
Chucho Valdés: Jazz Batá 2

Chucho Valdés: Jazz Batá 2

When Old Man Bebo first disappeared from music in Europe and before he was re-discovered again by Paquito D’Rivera, his son Chucho Valdés began...
Eva Cortés Crossing Borders

Eva Cortés: Crossing Borders

Although the release of Crossing Borders by Eva Cortés comes just two years after In Bloom appeared on Truth Revolution Records, it feels like...

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