Thursday, November 21, 2019

The Rodriguez Brothers: Impromptu

Few sets of brothers (as far as sisters go there is always the Labèque sisters) have such surprising material up their sleeves as The...

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 [...]

The Debut Album of Mitch Shiner and the BloomingTones Big Band: Fly!

As soon as I played the first track on Mr. Shiner and the BloomingTones Big Band ´s debut album, I was astonished by the...

Paquito D’Rivera: Paquito & Manzanero

*Editor's Pick - Album of the month - Armando Manzanero is 80 years old now. But he has been practicing his craft since the age...

Paquito D’Rivera: Jazz Meets The Classics

The concept of a collision between jazz and classical music is not new. The fantasy has been driving composers and performers as early as...
Joel LaRue Smith - The Motorman's Son

Joel LaRue Smith: The Motorman’s Son

Joel LaRue Smith is one of those rare pianists who has the ability to play proficiently in almost any musical scenario. Blessed with the...

Chilcano – Madera Corazón (Saponegro Records 2011)

Trumpeter Gabriel Alegría’s first album to attract attention was the sensational Nuevo Mundo, which featured his seminal sextet, an ensemble that included one of the greatest living Peruvian musical masters, Freddy “Huevito” Lobaton, a percussionist whose genius is every bit the equal to that other great Latin American, Nana Vasconscelos of Brazil. The personnel in that ensemble—with a change of bassist—produced another startling album, Pucusana [...]

Omar Sosa – Eggun: The Afri-Lectric Experience

Omar Sosa is an extraordinary musician embodying both the magical virtuosity of musicianship and its soulful roots all in one. Actually one could not...
Rumbajazz - Tribute to Chombo Silva

Rumbajazz: Tribute to Chombo Silva

Chombo Silva performed in the legendary Cuban Jam Sessions and shared the stage with Machito, Ray Barretto, Johnny Pacheco, the Alegre-All Stars, Charlie Palmieri,...

Maria Marquez’s Tonada

Tonada is María Márquez’s new album, a poignant and impeccable tribute to traditional Venezuelan rhythms, in a marvelous fusion with elements of the jazz...
Miguel de Armas Quartet: What's to Come

Miguel de Armas Quartet: What’s to Come

The pianist Miguel de Armas is blessed with a magnificent tumbao and he uses it to great effect on What’s to Come. But if...

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 [...]

Gabriel Palatchi Band – Diario de Viaje (Self Produced – 2010)

It is highly unlikely that when Gabriel Palatchi set off on his travels, out of Argentina, he thought he would be undertaking a musical...

Ayako Shirasaki – Some Other Time

I had the pleasure of discovering Ayako Shirasaki’s music when I wrote a review for her previous album recorded live in Hamburg. For those...

Michel Nirenberg: Retrato/Portrait

Hard on the heels of the carioca, Leo Gandelman comes the infinitely younger carioca, Michel Nirenberg, a musician steeped in choro and samba. A...

Rick Davies – Salsa Norteña

That Rick Davies is a fine trombonist is something that is fast coming to light. This record, Salsa Norteña showcases his skills in the...

Victor Rendón – Fiesta Percusiva (Private/Independent, 2008)

Fiesta Percusiva, the title of this album by master percussionist and multi-instrumentalist, Victor Rendón does not even begin to describe fully the depth of this project. Sure it is a celebration. Which record driven by Latin rhythms is not? Yet it is much more than this. It is an emotional journey into the world of percussion from various corners of the Latin world [...]

Presenting José Rizo’s Mongorama

José Rizo's Mongorama picks up where the Jazz on the Latin Side All Stars left off. After a decade of fruitful existence, performing and recording four terrific CDs (Jazz on the Latin Side All Stars 1 and 2, The Last Bullfighter and Tambolero), the veteran KJazz radio host, producer, composer and bandleader takes a new direction and moves on to a new project, which is actually a continuation of the original Latin jazz all stars band concept [...]

The Miami Jazz Project: The Miami Jazz Project

Dave Liebman can convey the often hidden virility of music no matter what wind instrument he is playing. His ability to make this possible...

Jeff Ballard Trio: Time’s Tales

Jeff Ballard has spent the equivalent of a month of Sundays casting his shadow along with bassist Larry Grenadier’s in the Brad Mehldau Trio....